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If you would paint your landscape with brilliance, or with 
bewitching pastel tints; if you wish colorful border clumps, 
or if you grow your flowers for cutting and indoor enjoy- 
ment, the Iris, in some form or species, will fill the need. 
The collecting of fine irises, like the accumulating of rare 
paintings or antiques, is a fascinating and inspiring hobby. 
And best of all, no group of flowers presents fewer obstacles 
to success. 

Take a step forward and treat yourself to the thrill and 
satisfaction of owning and growing some — or at least one 
real novelty iris. 

As you would regard an opera performance, or a ticket to 
the world's series, or an object d'art for the home, so is one 
of the recent new irises an acquisition to be treasured, and 
one in which you will experience a rare feeling of pride in 

For your friend who gardens, it is the gift supreme! 

Among the world's finest and most varied collections is the 
planting in our gardens. The beginner with flowers, with 
only a small sum to spend, will find a wealth of beauty 
obtainable for a modest outlay. And likewise, the estate 
owner and others to whom expense is a secondary con- 
sideration will find the ultimate in rarity and perfection 
offered within these pages. 



Silverton, Oregon 



Modern Iris history 
is written in the 
introduction of the 
distinct new things 
from five breeders 
as set forth on the 
next page and sev- 
eral pages following 


For the Amateur or 
the Connoisseur 

20c to $30 

You'll find them all here 



Aeiu for 1939 


This year we offer three most distinct new color innovations: AZTEC 
COPPER, BUCKSKIN, and OLD PARCHMENT. The doctor has been grow- 
ing and hybridizing iris for more than 15 years, and is known for such 
things as Kalinga, Itasca, Far West, Treasure Island, and the great Ormohr, 
all of which rank as milestones in iris breeding. 


Mr. Hall, an attorney residing in the suburbs of Chicago, has the iris world 
agog with his most recent seedlings. His MODISTE won the Highly Com- 
mended award in 1937, and last year scores of competent judges visiting 
his garden were astounded by the high quality of his newer things. We 
offer herewith four of these: BERMUDA SAND, ROSELAND, TOKEN, and 
VICTORY. Mr. Hall is one of the Directors of the American Iris Society. 


An Elkhart, Indiana, rubber manufacturer, who toys with iris solely for 
pleasure and has produced such reds as Jerry and Christabel, and the 
well known pinks, Eloise Lapham and Ethelwyn Dubuar. He is a promi- 
nent iris judge whose services are in wide demand each season, and is a 
member of the Editorial Board of the American Iris Society. This year we 
bring you his fiery RED GLEAM and the exquisite SPRING IDYL. 


Another Chicago resident who has recently advanced to the forefront with 
his productions. Dr. Wilhelm is an optometrist whose hobby for many 
years has been iris. He grows them by the acre without thought of remuner- 
ation other than the pleasure of seeing them bloom and the joy of creating 
something new and worthy. His STAINED GLASS is unique and is the 
first one of his thousands of seedlings to be introduced. 


Tucked away in the little story-book hamlet of Alpine, Oregon, we found a 
collection of seedlings of exceptional merit produced by a man who lives 
and breathes and thinks naught but iris while pursuing his daily farm 
routine. Two of them, GOLDEN SLIPPERS and GLOWPORT, appear on 
the following pages, and are offered at ridiculously low prices that you 
may easily acquaint yourself with the work of this newcomer to the intro- 
ducer's ranks. 


Ever on the alert for an entirely 
new departure in iris color, the 
iris grower who thought the end 
of the road was close at hand will 
experience a tremendous thrill 
when first his gaze alights on 
AZTEC COPPER! A rare and 
subtle blend of smokey violets 
and subdued coppers, blended 
and washed together in lovely 
harmony to baffle description. A 
positively huge flower with 
broad hafts and leathery sub- 
stance, wonderfully branched. 
36 to 40 inches. Each $25.00 


Note the ideal shape and fine 
carriage of this new and aptly 
named tan self. The stalks rise 
to a height of four feet, bearing 
close to a dozen great blooms 
with large closed standards and 
wide flaring falls. This is far and 
away ahead of other tan iris now 
on the market, a remarkable 
color to use with the blues, yel- 
lows, creams, or bronzy reds. 

Each $10.00 



The famous seedling No. 36-71 from 
David Hall, and about which so 
much has been said and written. 
Some call it a glorified and gigantic 
more colorful Jean Cayeux, with 
both standards and falls heavily 
ruffled. General effect is a light 
coffee-tan with a glint of gold. It 
towers over Jean Cayeux in stature, 
does not fade, and is a rapid in- 
creaser and free bloomer. The color 
is difficult to describe, since it is not 
at all dull, but very bright and 
lively. Each $15.00 


"Because it is so neat" — pure gold- 
en yellow, including the beard. A 
perfectly fashioned flower of medi- 
um size and height, with a mass of 
bloom and many branches. The 
tendency among breeders has 
been toward giant size and great 
height, but GOLDEN SLIPPERS is 
a garden flower, born to spill its 
myriads of clean cut daffodil yel- 
low blossoms about in rank profu- 
sion. Increases rapidly. 

Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 

Discovered last spring among the seed- 
lings of Mr. DeForest. A positive self of 
rich wine red, without the purple influ- 
ence and almost devoid of haft mark- 
ings, the beard bronze-yellow. The 
owner valued this most highly and had 
accumulated several splendid clumps. 
We promptly bought the entire stock 
and now pass on to you this most excel- 
lent ruby red iris at a fraction of its 
potential introductory value. Tall, well 
branched, does not fade in hottest sun. 

Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 


Creamy white with a golden buff 
overlay, a most unusual color 
break and a distinctly beautiful iris. 
Standards are domed and closed, 
falls flaring and rather tailored in 
appearance. The fine lines show- 
ing in the photograph are a bit mis- 
leading, for the flower is actually a 
self, unmarred by veinings of any 
other color. Three feet tall, low 
branched, a very fine grower. This 
novelty is further indication of the 
great versatility in Dr. Kleinsorge's 
iris breeding. Each $15.00 


Another top-notcher from David Hall, 
with buffy rose standards and berry red 
falls edged lighter — a splendid garden 
effect of bright rose pink. Of extra large 
size, the flowers having an over-all 
spread of eight inches! It is a strong 
grower, 38 inches tall, and never re- 
guires staking in rain or wind. Very 
late; in the Chicago area it lasts until 
late June. This magnificent iris has a 
lustrous guality that causes it to fairly 
shine in the sun. Each $15.00 

Years of painstaking work in hybridiz- 
ing by Mr. Lapham have brought forth 
several of our finest reds and pinks. 
Now comes this newest and reddest of 
all reds, a color so startling and so vivid 
that critics declare, "It is almost scarlet! " 
Standards are of about the same inten- 
sity of color as the falls, but the latter are 
very velvety in texture and thus appear 
slightly darker. About the size and 
shape of Garden Magic. Height 36 
inches. Very few plants. Each $25.00 


Noted for its daintiness, both in form and in color. A milk white, 
shading into orchid pink at the top of the standards and the bottom 
of the falls, with lemon beard. Tall wiry stems, the delicate blossoms 
amply spaced, give promise of great favor as a cut flower in addition 
to its special landscape value. An apple blossom effect, light and 
airy. Very limited stock. Each $10.00 

A copper red self, one of the most brilliant iris we have ever seen 
when viewed with the sun behind it. In such a light it resembles 
nothing guite so much as stained glass . . . rich, glowing, almost 
aflame! Make no mistake, this is not a red iris, but a solid copper of 
a reddish tone, the same all over except for the bronze yellow beard. 
Shown in the Chicago exhibit in 1938, it was given the AIS award of 
Highly Commended. It is the second iris so honored to be introduced 
by us, Modiste having won the laurels the previous year. 

Many gualified critics have seen this new iris and the usual pro- 
nouncement is "a glorified Mary Geddes". Carrying much of the 
same salmony-orange-brown blended effect of this well known vari- 
ety, TOKEN is a far finer individual flower — larger, of better form, 
and with smoothly colored falls. Standards are old gold flushed rose, 
falls rosy brown-red, with very little haft venation. It does not fade 
and is a husky grower, 38 inches tall., with blooms having a 7-inch 
spread. Each $10.00 

Each $15.00 


A striking violet purple of great size 
and excellent form on 44-inch very 
strong stems; branching and place- 
ment good. A richly colored self, 
with inconspicuous bluish beard. 
Standards are domed and the 
widely flaring falls are entirely de- 
void of haft markings. The origina- 
tor says that this iris is very much 
admired by men. Each $10.00 


Now you may enjoy your favorite flower in 
natural color during those long winter 
evenings, or renew their association any 
other season of the year when the actual 
flowers have long since passed. 

We announce the release of a complete 
new film showing every phase of iris 
growing . . . our gardens in the height of 
bloom, masses of flowers in the 
extensive display gardens, acres 
of them in the nursery rows . . . 
scores of individual specimens, 
the newest and rarest, seedlings 
not even as yet on the market. 

Have your garden club contact 
us now for bookings for the com- 
ing season. Full details sent 
upon request. 


A 24-page booklet, "LET'S TALK 
ABOUT IRIS", crammed full of 
information about iris growing, 
is yours for the asking. It was 
sent to all customers of record 
last year. If you do not now 
have a copy please ask for it. 

1 1 


JAMES BAIRD FARM, NEW YORK, at the height of the iris 
season. Most of theses plants came originally from Cooley's 
Gardens, 3000 miles away. 

9*Ui< from New 

One of the very feiv perennials which knows no bounds o 
climate or geography .... we have shipped them to Alask 
and to New Zealand, and they grow and bloom lustily i 
both places and in a thousand intermediate spots both her 
and abroad. North and South, in every state, Cooley's Irist 

Dwarfs, Intermediates and Fall Bloomers 
on pages 40 and 41. 

ALINE Each $2.00 

A truly lovely clean pure blue, large in size, on 
tall stems. This iris possesses an unusual enamel-like 
lustre which sets it apart from all other blues. Stock 
is scarce, hence it would be wise to order early. 

ALLIES Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

A French autumn flowering iris that has the habit 
of flowering intermittently throughout the summer as 
well as in spring and fall. Color is a combination of 
red-brown and fawn, a bit on the order of Dauntless. 
Rhizomes usually small but the flowers are of large 
size and the plants free blooming. 

ALLUWE Each 35c 

A new type variegata blend from Hans Sass. 
Standards of yellow with a peachy suffusion, falls 
very long, of a ruddy tone shading into gold at the 
edges. Extra late, very tall. 

ALTA CALIFORNIA Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

Standards clear yellow, falls deep yellow, faintly 
bronzed. One of the tallest of all irises, very popular 
among the new yellows, a reliable performer in 
Minnesota as well as New England and California. 
The large blossoms are of firm smooth texture, pro- 
duced on splendid stems. Shown in color on page 39. 

AMENTI Each $1.00 

A Sass introduction of 1936. Grayish vinaceous 
standards, light mauve falls, pale yellow beard. This 
is a lovely pastel described by one admirer as a dif- 
ferent Pres. Pilkington. The flowers are large, on 
finely branched stalks. 

AMIGO Each $3.00 

Remember the old B. Y. Morrison? In this new in- 
troduction from the Longfield Iris Farm we have a 
flower of similar type, with light lavender standards 
and very deep hyacinth violet falls, edged the color 
of the standards and margined white. Of Dominion 
form and pansy-like texture. 

AMITOLA Each $2.00 

Another Sass variety of 1937, something along the 
lines of Rameses in coloring, but coming from the 
originators of that Dykes Medal winner it can be 
relied upon to be a real and distinct novelty. 

ANAKIM Each $1.50; 3 for $3.50 

Gigantic lavender, so outstanding in its color class 
as to defy all predecessors. Despite its colossal size, 
the flowers are graceful in effect, well carried on 
stems over four feet tall. The extremely broad falls 
are a noticeable feature. One of the parents of the 
new Wm. Mohr seedling, Ormohr. 

ANGELUS Each $10.00 

A new pink blend, size and shape of Depute Nom- 
blot, of which it is a seedling. In color it is a bright 
light pink, with slight lavender iridescence just below 
the lemon beard. Throughout the center of the flower 
there is a delicate infusion of lemon yellow. Because 
of its size, heavy texture, and broad falls, it ranks as 
one of the very best of recent pink introductions. Pro- 
duced in Wisconsin, its hardiness is beyond question. 
Height about three feet. 

ANITRA Each $5.00 

Beautiful shapely pale blue, color of the old vari- 
ety Celeste, but of great size and splendid form. This 
is quite likely the finest blue iris ever originated by 
the Sass Brothers. Shown on page 7. 

ANNDELIA Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

One of the last to bloom, a dainty pink plicata that 
produces a lavish amount of ruffled blossoms. Seldom 
offered. Rather low growing habit. 

ANNE MARIE CAYEUX Each 35c; 3 for 90c 

The smooth, soft tones of this iris are indescrib- 
able. The introducer says "a blending of the sky's 
colors at sunset and those of a pigeon's throat." The 
flowers are very large, of a thick and leathery sub- 
stance. The whole effect is wonderfully beautiful — 
soft rosy heliotrope blended with grayish amber, 
beard orange. 

APRICOT Each $8.00 

A seedling of Far West, a solidly colored golden 
apricot self. The individual flowers are of medium to 
large size, with a slight fluting and ruffling in both 
standards and falls. Height about 3 feet. A Kleinsorge 
origination which we introduced last year and which 
is especially desirable because of its beauty at close 
range, when seen across the garden, or under arti- 
ficial light indoors. Stock very limited this year. 
Shown on page 14. 


York to Arizona 

ire known and cultivated, and become ever more popular 
•ach succeeding year. You, too, if you lire in a spot where 
i garden can be grown, may have complete confidence that 
■ tock bought from us will arrive in perfect condition, and, 
cith reasonable care, grow anil thrive and bloom to your 
•ntire satisfaction. 


Circumstances having made necessary a change of residence to 
Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Baird moved the irises shown opposite to 
this new home. They now adorn the grounds equally as well as 
they did in New York. 

AT DAWNING Each $3.00 

Appropriately named huge flower of arbutus pink 
and brilliant rose, light yellow at the throat. There 
is a pearly suffusion in the standards. Stalks are very 
strong and hold the flowers well aloft on excellent 

AUTUMN FROST Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

A large flowered pure white, with golden haft and 
beard. A fall bloomer. 

AVONDALE Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Very large flower of subdued shades of copper, 
bronze and violet, beautifully blended. A reddish 
bronze effect in the garden, with very brilliant golden 
beard. Height 3 feet. Awarded an H. M. by the iris 
society in 1936. 

AZTEC COPPER Each $25.00 

Something entirely different in color, offered 
among this season's new ones. See page 5. 

BALLET GIRL Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

Pure blush pink, soft and daintily colored, with 
large rounded flaring falls. Its daintiness and grace 
are indeed suggestive of a dancing girl. Above aver- 
age size in the pink class, this clearly colored intro- 
duction from H. P. Sass and Robert Schreiner is bound 
to win popularity on account of its exquisite coloring 
and unusual charm. 

BEOWULF Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 

True maroon red, carrying neither the usual pur- 
ple nor the oftimes coppery tone peculiar to red iris. 
Of full Dominion velvetiness, with standards and 
falls both carrying the uniform deep maroon color. 
A seedling of Grace Sturtevant, produced by Robert 
Schreiner and introduced in 1936. Large, early 
blooming, well branched. 

BERMUDA SAND Each $15.00 

Lovely sand-tan, or golden sand. A gigantic flower 
listed among this years introductions on page 8. 

BLACKAMOOR Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

Dusky dark purple, with a metallic sheen and blue 
beard. The great flowers are very long in appear- 
ance, and the odd lustre gives them a certain indi- 
viduality seen in no other sort. Free blooming with 
purple tinged foliage Very fine. 

BLACK WINGS Each 35c; 3 for 75= 

Those who have been looking for a black iris will 
find that the quest almost ends here. The actual color 
is midnight blue, with a frosty lustre on the velvety 
falls. A big flower, easily grown, and one of the most 
popular varieties in commerce. Runner up for Dykes 
Medal, 1935. 

BLUE DANUBE Each $5.00 

An English introduction, a rich de°o blue self. 
Said to approach the coloring of an anchusa. with a 
blue tipped beard. We have not seen it but will flower 
it here this spring. 

BLUE PETER Each $2.50 

Highly praised very deep blue, extra brilliant. Tall 
and stately, reaching 40 inches, with very large well 
placed blooms. Limited stock. 

BLUE SPIRE Each $3.50 

As the name indicates, a very tall and classically 
beautiful flower. The newest blue from Milliken, who 
has put out such things as Sierra Blue, Shining Waters, 
Pale Moonlight and Blue Peter. He regards this as 
perfection itself. 

BLUE TRIUMPH Each $1.50 

Very pale blue, of soft even tone but heavy sub- 
stance. Huge stalks, carrying from 12 to 15 flowers, 
widely set apart. Produced by Mr. Grinter, who gave 
us Garden Magic and Missouri. 

BROWN BETTY Each $1.00 

Blended shades of cinnamon and other browns, 
with some copper and lavender intermingled. Very 
distinct and beautiful in its native California, but in- 
clined to lush growth and a bit erratic here in the 
moist Northwest. 

BRUNHILDE Each $2.00 

Very dark uniform violet blue self, including an 
unusual blue beard. A most regal iris that will be 
particularly welcome because of its color intensity 
and unusually smooth finish. The flowers are of per- 
fect flaring form, the stalks low and widely branched, 
carrying up to 20 buds. Beautiful under artificial 
light. A Carl Salbach introduction of 1934. 

BUCKSKIN Each $10.00 

No iris was ever more appropriately named. A 
big husky new one; see page 5. 



BURNING BRONZE Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

A dark but blazing metallic red, a flower of great 
size, and one of the superfine seedlings grown by 
America's foremost hybridist, Dr. Ayres. This spec- 
tacular flower created a sensation when shown at the 
AIS meeting in Freeport in 1933, and some critics 
pronounced it the finest red iris in existence. It dif- 
fers from most others in its bronzy finish. H. M. AIS 
1933. See page 35. 

CAFE AU LAIT Each $17.50 

A lovely blend, soft creamy tan, with orange and 
gold shading. Finest seedling from the late Sam 
Graham, of Rome, Georgia, it was introduced last 
year by Quality Gardens and highly regarded by all 
critics. Large flowers, stems reaching three and one- 
half feet in height, hardy, and a fine increaser. 

CALCUTTA Each $6.00 

A very tall and imposing flower in soft cocoa- 
brown tones, entirely overlaid with a bluish veil. Of 
bold growing habit, widely branched, carrying more 
than a dozen blooms per stalk. Height four feet. This 
is one of a series of blends grown by Dr. Kleinsorge 
selected for introduction in 1938. 

CALIFORNIA GOLD Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

The deepest large flowered yellow, being a seed- 
ling of Grace Sturtevant and unquestionably hardy. 

Does not fade, and shows no paling in standards, 
falls, or beard. Said one iris enthusiast, gazing upon 
one of its full blown golden blooms for a full minute, 
"It isn't so. There is no such iris". Runner-up for 
Dykes Medal in 1937. 

CASQUE D'OR Each $15.00 

Deep old gold standards, considerably ruffled, 
with greenish mid-ribs. Falls are richest blackish 
maroon or oxblood, depending upon whether seen 
with the sunlight on or through the flower. Height 34 
to 36 inches. This slightly resembles El Tovar, but is 
brighter and even more striking. • 

CHARM Each $4.00 

Bright strawberry red, with very little reticulation 
at the haft. Of large size but medium height, from 
hardy parentage. 

CHEERIO Each $2.00 

A popular variety of recent introduction in the 
bright red class, with tan standards and flaming red 

CHINA MAID Each $5.00; 3 for $12.00 

Here we are again confronted with the almost im- 
possible task of describing an indescribable iris! This 
is in shades of pink, golden copper, and lilac, smooth- 
ly blended together. It was one of the loveliest new 
ones we viewed last season, with large size and fine 
form adding to its high quality. It is truly different. 

CHOSEN Each $15.00 

The great new yellow from Southern California. 
It is of tremendous size, solidly colored throughout, a 
rather metallic shade of yellow with odd greenish 
cast. It is not a dirty green, however, and we mention 
this greenish yellow simply to set it apart from the 
deeper golden yellows. It is a flower of pure color, 
even the beard being the same uniform shade. 

CHRIST ABEL Each $7.00 

Red . . . and it will not disappoint the most exact- 
ing critic. Introduced without glamour, Christabel has 
become increasingly popular with wider distribution. 
For sheer brilliance we rank it second only to the new 
Red Gleam from the same originator. Glorious in a 
garden clump, almost a self, of large size, over three 
feet tall. 

CITY OF LINCOLN Each $20.00 

Brightest, largest and surely the finest of all varie- 
gatas. Clear golden yellow standards, broad fiery 
red falls, startling in their contrast. Of bold habit, one 
of the triumphs from Hans Sass. 

COPPER LUSTRE Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 

Dykes Medal, 1938. Absolutely unique, a magnifi- 
cent iris from the hand of Dr. Kirkland, who gave us 
Desert Gold, Black Wings, and a number of very re- 
cent novelties certain to make a fine impression on the 
iris growing public. Copper Lustre positively glows in 
its bright copper, gold, and pinkish tan blendings. It 
is a huge flower, with lush foliage, and in the garden 
of its originator was the center of attraction and com- 
ment when the American Iris Society met in Nash- 
ville. H. M. AIS 1935, A. M. 1937. See page 15. 



(Kirkland. 1934) 


True to prediction, this 
great iris, often referred 
to as "the iris of the Cen- 
tury", came through to 
win the highest award 
possible last season. 

Entirely different from 
all others, its great pop- 
ularity has resulted not 
only from the odd and 
beautiful copper tone of 
its flowers, but also from 
the fact that it seems to 
perform well in all sec- 
tions of the country. 
Where it is established 
on two year plants the 
flowers are of great size, 
on excellently branched 
stalks, and the foliage is 
healthy and vigorous. 
Hardiness is proven 
without any question. 

The picture alongside is 
but a fair likeness — it 
does not convey the 
brilliance nor the cop- 
pery sheen which dis- 
tinguish the actual 

Each $3.00 
Three for $8.00 

A Wm. Mohr seedling that stands almost 40 inches tall, with giant 
flowers of a uniform gray-lavender veined violet. There is a faint rosy 
glow over the entire blossom. ORMOHR is not only the result of a 
rare and difficult cross, but it contains a quarter Bruno blood and is 
itself an abundant producer of seed when crossed. "Perhaps the 
boldest iris grown/' says a nationally known critic. A rugged grower, 
well branched. Each $20.00 


Coolei^ QandlenA, silverton, Oregon 


Street or R. F. D _ . 

Date wanted ... - Amount enclosed $ _„ _._ 

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Join the American Iris Society 

Every gardener interested in Iris should join that company of flower enthusiasts 
comprising the American Iris Society. Annual dues $3.00, which includes four 
quarterly bulletins — these alone being worth the $3.00. We shall be glad to 
accept your remittance for membership. 

CORALIE Each $1.00 

A blend of pink and red that approaches raspberry 
color in effect, with a dazzling note added in the 
bright golden beard. With this fine variety Dr. Ayres 
has scored honors again, for Coralie was awarded an 
H. M. by the AIS in 1932 and in 1933 was given the 
Dykes Medal. Such recognition stamps it as a certain 
leader for many seasons to come. 

CORINTHE Each $5.00 

A new French introduction from Cayeux that was 
awarded a special Certificate of Merit in Paris in 
1934. The flowers are of immense size and beautiful 
coloring, with broad arching standards of rich silky 
bishops violet. The falls are broad and spreading, of 
richest velvety bishop's violet. A strong grower, 
reaching four feet in height. Very few rhizomes. 

CORONET Each $22.50 

Soft rose-beige with a golden tone, a new color 
and one of the leading novelties from Quality Gar- 
dens in 1938. Produced by David Hall, the man who 
originated the iris on our cover and four of our new 
offerings for this year. Coronet is tall, widely branched, 
with fine rounded flowers of large size. 

CREOLE BELLE Each $1.50 

A very dark blue purple, with odd brownish stain 
about the hafts. Individual in effect, of large size and 
excellent habits. One of the recent things from Col. 
Nicholls, awarded an H. M. in 1936. 


A new white from the Sass Brothers, said by some 
to be the cleanest white yet produced. It has been 
highly praised by critics in the Iris Bulletins. Height 
40 inches. 


A great, flaring, dusky rich purple self. Huge in 
size, very heavy flowering. From Chancellor Kirk- 
land, producer of Copper Lustre. 

DAUNTLESS Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Probably the most popular and widely known of 
all so-called red irises. Although we now have sev- 
eral newer introductions that surpass it, none the less 
Dauntless remains near the top, and there has never 
been sufficient stock to supply the demand. The 
blooms are of great size, on tall heavy stems, and last 
over a long season. The coloring is rich velvety red, 
with very little of the blue or purple undertone. A 
former Dykes medal winner. 

DEPUTE NOMBLOT Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

One of the world's greatest irises, a French intro- 
duction that has proven extremely popular every- 
where. Standards light glowing rosy-purple, over- 
laid bronzy gold. Falls very wide, spreading, pur- 
plish garnet-red shading to lighter rosy bronze at the 
edge. Deep orange beard. Over four feet tall, espe- 
cially well branched. A Dykes Medal winner in 

DESERET Each $2.00 

Here is a "brushed" variegata, a flower quite 
apart from others of this class, creating a red-orange 
tone in the garden. As exciting and gay as a gypsy 
carnival, says the introducer. Standards are very 
deep yellow, falls the same heavily brushed chestnut 

DESERT GOLD Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Among the earliest of the tall bearded group. An 
extremely large, fine formed, smooth clear yellow. 
Standards are nicely domed, pure light yellow. Falls 
are extra broad, pure yellow with very rich yellow 
beard. It certainly is deserving of a position among 
the best new introductions. Plant a clump in front of 
several clumps of Santa Barbara — they bloom to- 
gether, and what a picture! H. M. AIS 1931; A. M. 

DESTINY Each $3.50 

From New Zealand. A great heavy flower of deep- 
est blackish bronzy purple, with rich golden beard. 
If you think the ultimate has been reached in such 
colors, wait until you see this one and Directeur 
Pinelle . . . they are both real surprises! 


Among the arrivals from France in recent years 
this ranks near the top. Few iris are of greater size, 
with such splendid form and branching habit. The 
color is richest maroon purple, with bronzy under- 
tone. Newly opened blossoms are almost black. 

DOGROSE Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

A very beautiful, superb pink iris, with very large 
oval shaped flowers in a uniform shade of soft rose- 
pink, with deep gold beard. The stalks are almost 
shoulder high, and it is a profuse bloomer. This vari- 
ety will show up to best advantage after it has be- 
come established a full year. Winner of a silver 
medal in England. Small rhizomes. Shown in color 
on page 23. 

DORE Each $1.50 

A yellow and cream bi-color, the standards being 
light yellow and the falls creamy white. It is the only 
color combination of this kind in our list. Large flow- 
ers on 36-inch stalks. 

E. B. WILLIAMSON Each $15.00 

Glowing coppery red blend, a deeper and redder 
effect than Rosy Wings. The originator, Paul Cook, 
of Bluffton, Indiana, has raised thousands of seedlings 
over a period of many years, and this is his first 
introduction. We saw it there last season and prompt- 
ly bought stock. Not to be confused with either the 
reds or the coppers, it stands in a special niche all its 
own. Large flowers of silky texture, fragrant, on 3- 
foot stems. 



8 for *25 

You Select Them — Two from 
the first set, two from the sec- 
ond and four from the third. 


Far West 
Golden Treasure 
Rosy Wings 



Marco Polo 


Copper Lustre 

Directeur Pinelle 

Kindly observe the conditions of this offer. . . . 
Do not select more than two from the first set, two 
from the second set, nor more than four from the 
last set. Please do not request us to accept an 
order for less than eight nor to substitute varieties 
not in the list. 

EASTER MORN Each 50c; 3 for $1.25 

Remindful of all that is pure, like the candles and 
lilies at an Easter service. A creamier and heavier 
white than Purissima, with a rich golden center, 
flaunted on giant stalks that spring from broad 
sword-like foliage of vivid green. A flowering speci- 
men in one's garden is a sanctuary for all visitors. 

EL CAPITAN Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Here is one of the best and most popular irises 
ever originated, a gigantic light manganese violet 
bicolor, a frequent winner at the shows, and a real 
stunner in the garden. 

ELKHART Each $4.00 

Deep chestnut red, introduced in 1937. This iris 
appears red in certain lights, brown in others, with a 
vivid beard. It is large in size, rounded in shape, with 
well branched stems. A seedling of Ethel Peckham 
crossed with King Tut, produced by Mr. Lapham, of 
Elkhart, Indiana. 


Deep mahogany red self with very long velvety 
falls. Absence of haft markings give it great depth of 
color. 30-36 inches. 



EL TOVAR Each $1.50 

A gorgeous variegata blend, in rich brown-yellow 
and blackish maroon, with a yellow glow at the heart. 
This iris is one of the foremost of all new introduc- 
tions of the past three years, having been awarded 
an H. M. of the AIS in 1932 when first exhibited. 
Nothing like it. Height 3 feet. 

EROS Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Very tall salmon colored self, possibly the nearest 
to this color ideal that has ever been offered. The 
throat is lit with gold, giving it a brilliance and 
warmth especially telling in garden effect. 

ETHEL PECKHAM Each $1.25; 3 for $3.00 

Large, perfectly formed flowers of a blazing red- 
dish tone. This iris, placed on the market in 1932, 
has enjoyed tremendous popularity. The color is 
extremely bright, nearly a uniform shade in stan- 
dards and falls. It boasts every good point in grow- 
ing habit, and in addition usually throws up occa- 
sional stalks throughout the summer and fall! 

ETHEL WYN DUBUAR Each 50c; 3 for $1.25 

A new outstanding pink, produced by E. G. Lap- 
ham, of Elkhart, Indiana, and introduced in 1933. A 
heavy flowering variety, it evoked the following com- 
ments in the AIS Bulletin for October, 1933: "The 
largest flower of any pink I have seen. A 'best seller' 
in my garden. A larger flower than Pink Satin." 
Deep pink in general effect, with lemon beard. Height 
3 feet. See page 39. 

ETHIOP QUEEN Each $15.00 

We hear a lot about "black" irises; this is surely a 
near approach, with standards of deep blackish violet 
and falls practically coal black. The substance is 
extra heavy and velvety, with a glistening sheen. 
Medium in size, 30-36 inches tall, well branched. 
Schreiner's own seedling, introduced in 1938. 

EUPHONY Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

The standards are mustard yellow, waved and 
fluted, stained with light brown at the tips. Falls 
are squarely held, mustard yellow, flushed with 
blue in the central portion and overlaid soft brown. 
This is a lovely and bright color harmony, and the 
great freedom of bloom of this variety makes it a 
heavy favorite. See color reproduction on page 23. 

EVELYN PULLAR Each $10.00 

A new departure in tall bearded iris, one which 
begins blooming in late fall and continues throughout 
the winter. Full account on page 40. 

FAIR ELAINE Each $25.00 

Selected by us as Salbach's finest new introduc- 
tion last year. Yellows are now plentiful, but this one 
is distinct and beautiful in its own right. Standards 
are almost cream, the falls an emphatic brilliant yel- 
low. The whole is enlivened by a vivid orange beard. 
A real color break and a lovely iris. Height 40 inches. 

FAR WEST (Kleinsorge. 1936) Each $6.00; 3 for $15.00 

Shown on page 19, a warm and mellow blend of 
salmon and golden sand, of coral and henna, with 
a soft glow at the heart. Originated in the West, and 
containing that multitude of tints seen in the western 
sky at sundown. Of bold and sturdy growing habit, 
the big blooms are well spaced on fine stalks reach- 
ing 40 inches in height. 

The likeness of this flower is achieved by a new 
process and we guarantee its absolute accuracy, 
although some reduction in size was necessary. 

FIESTA Each $6.00 

Sparkling copper standards, apricot-orange falls, 
a very gay affair! The large oval blooms are well 
held on 3-foot stalks. Here it seems a bit too lush in 
growth to flower consistently, so we do not recom- 
mend it for moist climates. In California and similar 
climatic sections it is excellent. 

FRIEDA MOHR Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

Dependable anywhere, despite the fact that it was 
originated in California and contains tender blood, 
it is perfectly at home in Ohio, Minnesota, and New 
England, as well as in the moist climate of the Pacific 
Northwest. The color is a lively shade of violet-pink, 
standards slightly lighter than the falls. Its huge 
size and great height make it a leader in any color 
class. See color illustration on page 23. 


FRIVOLITE Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

The general effect is one of brilliant shrimp-pink, 
with golden glints. This French introduction is of- 
fered as a great improvement upon the fine variety 
Marquisette, being a deeper shade. A very lovely 
and unique novelty, at its best when established a 
year. It increases rapidly. See page 23. 

GARDEN MAGIC Each $20.00 

A red self of a shade similar to the falls of Shirvan. 
In other words, a deep, rich pansy-like tone and qual- 
ity in a seven-inch blossom. There is scarcely any 
veining and a rich orange beard adds to its effective- 
ness. Grows to 40 inches in height. Very few rhiz- 


Of soft pastel shades, tan in the standards with 
faint blue flush, the falls misty blue with edge of 
honey yellow. This is a vigorous grower, reaching 
almost four feet, with large blossoms and well- 
branched stalks. Much more colorful than Ningal and 
other pale blends. 

GLORIOLE Each $2.50; 3 for $6.00 

Described as an "ice blue self", this introduction 
by Merton Gage was the outstanding new iris in New 
England during the past three seasons. Critics in that 
section waxed very enthusiastic when it was first 
shown, and it was immediately awarded an H.M. of 
the Iris Society. Of huge size, the pale blue petals 
are entirely overlaid with frosty crystal-like particles. 
Wonderfully formed and surely a most noble flower. 
A. M. AIS 1935. Seepage 18. 

GLOWPORT Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 

Solidly colored glowing wine red, introduced at 
this low price to acquaint customers with the superb 
seedlings from Mr. DeForest. See pages 8 and 1 1. 

GOLDEN BEAR Each $2.50 

Deeply colored uniform yellow of medium size, 
prolific in flowering habit. The well branched stalks 
average three feet or more in height. From the origi- 
nator of California Gold and Happy Days. 

GOLDEN FLARE Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

Flame colored! And that is no exaggeration. It is 
many shades deeper than Talisman, with much more 
orange and a salmon-rose dominating background. 
As a garden subject it creates a flash of brilliance 
equaled by few sorts. Medium in size, with slender 
stems; a color jewel that will captivate you. 

GOLDEN HELMET Each $1.50; 3 for $3.00 

A huge King Tut, with very ruffled standards and 
ox-blood red falls. The public has long wished for a 
flower of large size with the bright red falls of the old 
favorite King Tut, and we have it here, with brighter 
standards and attractive ruffling to enhance it. 

GOLDEN HIND Each $5.00 

No yellow iris in commerce contains the deep but- 
tercup tone of this English origination. There are 
larger new yellows, but certainly there are none so 
nearly the ideal in clear rich color. The tone deepens 
at the haft, due partly to the vivid orange beard. 


GOLDEN LIGHT Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

A seedling of Euphony, with the distinctive form 
and size of that lovely ruffled variety. The difference 
lies in the rich orange-cinnamon color of this new 
variety — something new in the tan group. Very 
bright and of wonderful carrying quality. 40 inches 
tall. Shown on page 27. 

GOLDEN SLIPPERS Each $3.00; 3 for $8.00 

Beautiful flower, fine shape, prolific bloomer. A 
1939 introduction of great garden merit. Shown on 
page 8. 


Solid deep cream, but with an outpouring of rich 
golden orange all about the central portion of the 
flower. This gives it a distinction so striking that it 
will be immediately singled out in a planting of 
hundreds of varieties. We saw this as a seedling in 
1935 and regarded it as the finest un-introduced iris 
we saw that year. Produced by Robert Schreiner in 
St. Paul, Minn., it is most vigorous and grows to 40 
inches tall. 








Late in the season we must reserve the right to substitute in 
case of shortage in this bargain list from list on page 38. 




12 Starred for $ 2 00 

Any IS for *2 50 

All 25 for *4 00 















GREAT LAKES Each $7.50 

A new clear blue self, grown in Canada by Lyman 
Cousins, of London, Ontario. A broad, spreading, 
regal type of flower, with handsome foliage and finely 
branched four-foot stalks. Color is about the same 
shade as Shining Waters, slightly nearer to true blue, 
however. Standards are tightly closed, no veining at 
the haft, and the flowers hold their color remarkably 
well. Awarded the honor of Highly Commended last 
season. Pictured on page 6. 

GUDRUN Each $1.00 

Heavily textured enormous white, from the well 
known Mrs. Dykes in England. The flowers are very 
long, with falls that spread outward at the tips. Beard 
is brilliant orange. This is a warm, or creamy white, 
with a slight gold sprinkling over the entire bloom. 
A one-time winner of the Dykes Medal. See page 20. 

HAPPY DAYS Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

A solid uniform bright yellow, in size as large as 
the giant El Capitan, and acclaimed by every iris 
critic who has seen it. Compared with California 
Gold, Happy Days is a brighter yellow, with a slight 
undertone of orange, as against the deep greenish- 
gold of the former. They do not compete with each 

other, being entirely different and similar only in that 
they both are ultra modern extra fine yellows. H. M. 
AIS 1935. 

IMPERIAL BLUSH Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

A new creamy pink, tall, with very large blos- 
soms, of delightful perfume. The stems reach 40 
inches in height. A Sass production, vigorous and 
very free flowering. This does not carry any of the 
yellow glow of most other pink toned irises. 


Something different in clear blue, a rather deep 
shade, nicely formed, with an odd brownish suffusion 
near the haft. Flowers are freely produced, making it 
excellent as a garden or landscape subject. Good 
blues are in keen demand and this is one of the best. 

ITASCA Each $2.50; 3 for $6.00 

Raised by Dr. R. E. Kleinsorge, Silverton, Oregon. 
A positive self of the darkest, yet most vivid, deep 
amethyst. It carries no veining whatsoever, and the 
great depth of tone is intensified by a heavy brown 
beard, underlaid with blue. The texture is like silk, 
and the flowers are rounded in shape, with nicely 
branched stalks 30 to 36 inches high. See page 34. 


JASMANIA Each $8.00 

Picked by many critics in all sections of the coun- 
try as the best yellow in commerce. It is tall, very 
large, beautifully formed, of heaviest substance. The 
color is about that of a ripe banana! Near the center 
is a faint suggestion of light brown, and a still fainter 
flush of pale blue in the center of the falls. Thus it 
cannot be termed a clear yellow, although it is almost 
so, and is actually the more beautiful for its blended 
additions. Truly one of the iris of the day, and one of 
Dr. Ayres' greatest achievements. 


Certainly one of the most beautiful irises we have 
ever flowered in our gardens. Likewise, it is one of 
the most unusual in color — a soft, smooth, light buff, 
described by some as "coffee colored" and by others 
as Havana-brown. The form is perfect, and the size 
is larger than average. It is splendidly branched, over 
three feet tall, and flowers over a long season. 

JEB STUART Each $2.00 

Deep blackish brown, with rich orange beard. A 
great improvement on Grace Sturtevant, being larger, 
taller, and of much better form. Awarded an A. M. 
by the American Iris Society in 1935. Limited stock. 

JELLOWAY Each $6.50 

A new and spectacular yellow iris, as deep in 
color as the famous Golden Hind, oval in form, with 
golden yellow beard. This variety has brought on 
much discussion, everyone agreeing that the color is 
unsurpassed. It was awarded the A. M. of the AIS 
last year. 

JERRY Each 50c; 3 for $1.25 

Raised by Mr. E. G. Lapham, Elkhart, Indiana. 
We take particular pleasure in being numbered 
among the joint introducers of this perfectly formed, 
extremely brilliant red iris. Mr. Lapham has a splen- 
did reputation for quality in his previous introduc- 
tions, and enthusiasts will find that Jerry is very 
close to the reddest thing ever turned out in an iris. 
Not only that, but the large rounded flowers are as 
near perfection as could be desired. Height three 
feet, rapid of increase, hardiness unquestioned. We 
recommend it whole-heartedly. 

JOYCETTE Each 85c; 3 for $2.00 

Red, that is, as red as any iris we have and with 
both standards and falls in identical tones. This is a 
fine grower, with tall sturdy stalks and extra large 
flowers. Some critics declare this better and redder 
than Ethel Peckham; they are somewhat similar, 
Joycette undoubtedly being the taller of the two. 
No doubt but that this ranks with the leading intro- 
ductions to date. We have a wonderful stock of it. 

JUNALUSKA Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

One of the finest novelties in commerce today, a 
unique blend of red, copper, and rose. A member of 
the trio of especially worthwhile things produced by 
the Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, Dr. J. H. 
Kirkland, the other two being Copper Lustre and At 
Dawning. This flower possesses tremendous garden 
value with its glowing copper-red effect, and leaves 
nothina to be desired in the way of size, height or 
form. Runner-up for Dykes Medal, 1938. 

KALINGA Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Huge cream self, outstanding not only as an exhi- 
bition spike, but as a garden specimen as well. The 
broad, spreading, ivory textured blooms generally 
come out in groups of three or four simultaneously, 
and each stem will carry from twelve to fifteen flow- 
ers, with perfect spacing. An offspring of Dolly 
Madison, its hardiness is beyond question. Four feet 
in height. Illustrated on pages 16 and 24. H. M. 1936. 

KHORASAN Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

New blended variegata, with peculiar "auburn" 
tinted falls flushed violet. The standards are dull old 
gold. Petals are waved at the edges, very heavy in 
texture. A Sass introduction of 1937. 

K.V. AYRES Each $1.00 

Very pale coffee color, tinged lavender and cream. 
A huge soft blend with very tall stems and heavy 
foliage. This iris was named by Dr. Ayres in honor 
of his wife, a sure sign that he regarded it most 


Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

The sensational new seedling of the famous vari- 
ety W. R. Dykes. A really magnificent flower in clear 
primrose yellow, with firm silken texture. It is one 
of the most stupendous in size and foliage in our 

We have several reports of excellent success in 
Nebraska, Ohio, and New England, where this iris 
has been very well grown. Not nearly so deeply 
colored as either California Gold or Happy Days, it 
is nonetheless one of the most beautiful varieties we 
have ever flowered, and will take its place among 
the best. 

LA FERIA Each $4.00 

An odd French-grey self, with brownish stain near 
the haft. A subtle and lovely combination of colors, 
the flowers very large with wide hafts and flaring 
form. 40 inches. 


Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

A huge flower of the Cardinal type; rich deep 
claret falls, seemingly of pure velvet, and standards 
of deep blue, slightly bronzed. The color combination 
is a bit like that in Sir Michael, although Legend is 
considerably darker all around. The flowers are en- 
livened by a heavy gold beard. Here is one of the 
largest and most majestic irises in commerce today, 
with every possible good point, and the price is rea- 
sonable for such a new introduction. From the Ware- 
ham collection in Cincinnati. One of Schreiner's "1C0 
Super-Iris". Shown on page 22. 

LIGHTHOUSE Each $5.00; 3 for $12.00 

A very bright rose blend, of bold growing habit 
with enormous blossoms. In effect an old rose self 
with a most brilliant center of yellow and fiery gold. 
Among the hundreds of new iris seen on our trip in 
1937 this struck us as among the outstanding half- 
dozen. A California production, but being a seedling 
of Helios x Rameses its hardiness is assured. It was 
particularly fine in New England. 


Here it is — 

The Annual 5 DOLLAR 


For $5.00, Postpaid 

SEVEN ONLY from the list on this page. 
THREE ONLY from the list on page 27. 

Select AIXY 7 of the following 21 varieties ; 


Jean Cayeux 
Ethel Peckham 
Golden Light 
Shah Jehan 
Sierra Blue 
Shining Waters 
Golden Helmet 

The Black Douglas 



Sir Knight 

Crystal Beauty 



LILAMANI Each $7.50 

Silky new blue-black from Jacob Sass, taller, larger 
and darker than Black Wings, say the reports reach- 
ing us. We have not bloomed it at the time our catalog 
is written. 

LILY PONS Each $2.50 

Tall, well branched, flaring pinkish blend. The 
flowers are large, rather narrow at the haft, but of 
heavy substance and well formed. 

LODESTAR Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

One of the last to flower, this bright combination 
of glittering yellow standards and very dark brown- 
ish falls is a real "high light" in any garden. Flowers 
are of perfect formation, lavishly produced. Height 
about two and a half feet. Very small rhizomes al- 

MARY GEDDES Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

In the forefront of American introductions during 
the past two or three seasons, and for that matter, one 
of the finest and most distinct irises of all time. The 
color is light ochraceous salmon, the falls stained 
deeper. In our garden it has always exhibited four- 
way branching habit, and is one of our longest last- 
ing varieties. Very little stock available anywhere in 
the country. Awarded an A. M. at Wisley, England, 
in 1933. Dykes Medal, 1936. See page 38. 

MARY SENNI Each 50c 

Huge mauve blend, a sort of ashes of roses com- 
bination, with golden beard to relieve the sombre- 
ness. Produced by the great Frenchman, Millet, this 
iris was named for the foremost iris critic in Italy. We 
do not have any other iris near this color in our en- 
tire collection, and stock is offered by very few 

LOUVOIS Each $12.50 

Brown, deep rich and velvety, like the lustrous fur 
of an animal. This new French sort was one of the 
outstanding surprises last year. Stock is very limited 
in this country and when collectors of novelty iris see 
it in bloom a shortage of plants is almost certain to 
follow. Standards are a decided brown tone, the falls 
exceedingly dark blackish-brown, shading out slight- 
ly at the edges to match the lighter color of the stan- 
dards. The finest and most unique iris from Cayeux 
in several seasons. 

MAGENTA Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

Very deep amethyst-violet, a shade not compar- 
able to any other iris. Very free blooming, with flow- 
ers better than average size. This is another variety 
which makes a grand showing on a two-year clump, 
and especially when planted adjacent to pink or 

MARCO POLO Each $4.00; 3 for $10.00 

For several years we have heard of the spectacu- 
lar red seedlings grown by Robert Schreiner in St. 
Paul. In 1936 he introduced two of them — Marco Polo 
and Beowulf. This one is the more brilliant red of the 
two, with lustrous rose standards and vivid crimson 
velvety red falls. There is no venation on the haft 
and a bright orange beard contributes a touch of high 


A deep old rose self, set off by a brilliant gold 
beard and haft. This fine iris was grown by Dr. Ayres 
of Cincinnati and introduced by Mrs. Emigholz of the 
same city. 

MARQUITA Each $1.00 

A well named iris in brilliant ivory yellow, with 
ochraceous maroon veinings on the falls. The stan- 
dards are ivory deepening to sulphur at the base, and 
so large that they constitute the major portion of the 
flower. Falls are of the same color, but entirely lined 
maroon. This very late novelty was one of the two 
or three most popular things among our visitors last 

MATTERHORN Each $ 1 5.00 

The finest and cleanest white iris we have ever 
seen. It does not displace Snowking, for they are 
entirely different in type, the latter big, bold and im- 
posing, while Matterhorn is delicate despite its large 
size — ladylike, one might say. There is not a trace of 
any color save pure white, other than in the creamy 
beard. It is a beautifully branched iris, almost 40 
inches tall. A Sass production, introduced by 
Schreiner last season. 

MATULA Each $25.00 

An indescribable apricot blend, one of the newest 
of this lovely series from the Sass Gardens. We have 
only two or three rhizomes to spare. 

MEHAMA Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

A blend of pink and yellow, with an underlying 
cast of pale blue. A self in effect, although the stand- 
ards are slightly lighter and reflect the glints of dust- 
like golden particles. A very large iris, quite early, 
on stems from 30 to 36 inches tall. With the sun on 
it, or through it, Mehama is one of the most enchant- 
ing things in the garden. 

MELDORIC Each 60c; 3 for $1.50 

Huge blue-black self, one of the richest and most 
striking irises ever introduced. First offered for sale 
in 1930 it has been so in demand that there has never 
been enough stock to fill the orders for it. Neither a 
rapid increaser nor a free flowerer, it rewards the 
owner with spikes of bloom that are well worth wait- 
ing for. If this iris were as consistent a performer as 
some varieties it would almost certainly have been a 
Dykes Medal winner. 


A dove-grey self, positively unique color. The 
flowers are of large size and excellent form. This iris 
is not a fast increaser nor a free bloomer, but stands 
alone because of its peculiar shade. 

MIDWEST GEM Each $10.00 

One of the very best new Sass varieties, a beauti- 
ful self of pale apricot yellow, lightly flushed pink. In 
habit of growth it is immense, and the flowers are 
perfectly balanced in form. Height well over 3 feet. 


MING YELLOW Each $25.00 

In 1937 and again in 1938 this 
iris received more attention than 
any other in Mrs. Pattison's fa- 
mous garden in Freeport, Illinois. 
It is a yellow without a fault — 
clear, rich, smooth without vena- 
tion, big and slightly waved. 
Habit of growth similar to Depute 
Nomblot. Mrs. Pattison herself 
considers it the most sensational 
iris she has ever grown and so 
states in her Quality Gardens 


Gigantic lilac pink, with the 
growing habits of Dauntless, one 
of the parents. While not the 
"pinkest" iris, the shade of this 
one is quite distinct and it surely 
has every attribute that one could 
wish for in a perfect flower. It 
was one of the high spots in the 
Salbach display garden last 
spring. Midseason, 48 inches. 

MISSOURI Each $2.00 

Clear, clean blue, of sensation- 
al size. There has never been 
sufficient stock to supply the de- 
mand for this iris, declared by 
some observers to be the last 
word in its color. Very few plants. 
Dykes Medal 1937. 


Each $10.00 

The only new iris bearing any 
resemblance to the American va- 
riety Amigo. This new one from 
France has a more pronounced 
contrast of blue standards and 
blackish purple falls edged blue. 
It won the Dykes medal in 1935. 
The falls are heavy and velvety 
with edges a bit wavy. Three feet 


MODISTE Each $7.50 

The feature iris selected for our cover this year. 
A beautiful self of pale mauve-blue, much different 
from other blues and lavenders now available. For 
three seasons this lovely seedling, actually startling 
in size, has drawn the attention of iris critics in the 
Chicago section. In color it is similar to the old and 
beautiful variety "Mile. Schwartz", but MODISTE is a 
flower of broad hafts, full rounded shape, and ideal 
growing habits. Stems are heavy, well branched and 
around forty inches tall. 

MOHRSON Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Seedling of the famous iris Wm. Mohr. For almost 
a decade hybridizers have been trying to secure 
seedlings from this strange and enchanting flower, 
and at last we are able to offer two. Mohrson is much 

taller than its parent, of a deep violet color, very 
heavily veined still darker. H. M. AIS 1935. 

MONADNOCK Each $8.00 

We saw this iris put out its first bloom stalk in the 
Salbach garden in 1936, and immediately looked for- 
ward to its eventual introduction. A flower of tre- 
mendous size, solid bright rose-red in color, a seed- 
ling of Marquita. Quite late, over 40 inches tall. 

MOONGLO Each $1.50 

Very lovely and unusual blend of heavy sub- 
stance. Standards are pale yellow, falls the same 
flushed Chinese violet. One admirer says "the 
golden glow of the moon all tangled up with the 
rosy clouds of sunset." Large flowers, ivory-like tex- 
ture. A new Longfield novelty highly recommended. 




Any 10 for *10 

Autumn Frost 
Ballet Girl 
Burning Bronze 
California Gold 
El Tovar 
Golden Helmet 
Happy Days 
Lady Paramount 

ALL 18 of the above, PLUS 
Copper Lustre, for $20.00 

(Total catalog value, $32) 

MOROCCO ROSE Each $10.00 

Very large rose-pink self, soft yellow glow at the 
heart. A seedling produced by Dr. Loomis of Colorado 
Springs and placed on the market by Quality Gar- 
dens of Freeport, Illinois, where it was a great favor- 
ite of the many iris judges converging there for the 
annual iris show. Our stock is very limited. 

MOUNTAIN SNOW Each $12.50 

Outstanding new white giant from New England, 
introduced by the Kelloggs in 1937. Awarded an 
H. M. by the iris society in 1936 as a seedling, we 
were much taken with it when we viewed it blooming 
in its home garden. The form is perfect, with very 
broad falls and extra heavy substance. A cool white, 
as the name implies, with a very faint suggestion of 
blue shadow on the falls. 


Huge primrose yellow self, standards and falls 
practically the same shade, with some yellow mark- 
ings on a cream haft. One of Dr. Ayres' newest re- 
leases. Mrs. Emigholz, the introducer, says that this 
iris will succeed where Lady Paramount does not, 
giving almost an identical garden effect. Widely 
branching stems, three feet and over in height. 


A more deeply colored flower than Noweta, which 
it resembles in type. It has, however, an overtone of 
buffy apricot, setting it apart from other pinks. This 
new introduction from Jacob Sass was highly regard- 
ed by critics who saw it last spring, not only because 
of its new color, but also for its ruffling, abundance of 
flowers, and wonderful garden value. 

NARAIN Each $2.50; 3 for $8.00 

A brand new blue introduced by Quality Gardens 
in 1936. Has a silky texture, cream throat, and blue 
beard tipped soft yellow. 

NARANJA Each $4.00; 3 for $ 1 0.00 

The leading introduction from Sidney Mitchell 
during the past few seasons, and the first iris of huge 
size with a definite orange tone. Taller even than 
Happy Days, and practically as large. The falls are 
ochraceous orange, with a yellow heart, and the 
standards are bright empire yellow, the beard orange- 


NEON Each $1.50 

"The bright and shining light of the garden." 
Thus does the originator, Carl Salbach, describe it. 
The standards are bronzy gold, the falls bright and 
velvety carmine red, rich and glowing. The beard is 
fiery golden orange. 

A perfect example of candelabrum type branch- 
ing, with 48-inch stalks carrying a heavy quota of 
blooms and buds. Has been tested and found hardy 
under severe wintering. 

NOONTIDE Each $ 1 0.00 

Introduced this season by F. A. Thole, of Seattle. 
Mr. Thole says this gave him his greatest thrill of a 
long iris growing career. Before decid- 
ing on a definite name, he called it 
"yellow Depute", because it so nearly 
resembled Depute Nomblot in form and 
habit. The color is a deep solid yellow, 
entirely overlaid with a sprinkling of 
old gold. This is not to be compared 
with Ming Yellow, altogether different 
in tone. 

NOWETA Each 30c; 3 lor 75c 

A melting creamy pink, except'on- 
ally ruffled, much more so than Mid- 
gard, and larger than this popular va- 
riety. Stock of Noweta is still very 
scarce, and as was the case last sea- 
son, it is likely to be a sell-out before 
summer is far along. Everyone who 
sees it wants this frilly, pinky, fluffy- 
ruffled dainty newcomer. 

OLD PARCHMENT Each $ 1 5.00 

A tan-cream, novel in color and per- 
fect in shape. A Kleinsorge novelty 
listed for the first time. See page 9. 

ORLOFF Each $15.00 

New plicata of good size and most 
unusual color, being a sort of cinna- 
mon brown in effect. The ground coloi 
is deep cream, heavily dotted and 
etched brown with considerable gold 
near the center. Along with Siegfried, a 
great advance step in the plicata 
group. Stock of both these varieties is 
extremely limited the country over. 
They are the first good tall yellow 
ground plicatas and everyone seems 
to want them. See page 29. 

ORMOHR Each $20.00 

Shown on page 16 in fairly accurate 
color, although the plates are not truly 
exact. This new seedling of the variety 
Wm. Mohr drew more attention from 
iris critics of national prominence last 
season than any new iris seen on the 
Pacific Coast. It enjoyed the greatest 
sale in dollars and cents of any iris we 
have ever introduced, and stock was 
sold out before July 1st. We have a 
very limited supply of excellent rhi- 


zomes again this year, but those ordering late may 
be disappointed. Full details on page 16. 

PAULETTE Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

Giant pale blue, a better Loetitia Michaud. From 
Millet, the originator of the famous and lovely 
Loetitia, and considered as his finest iris. Of enamel- 
like lustre, on very tall stems, and with flaring falls. 

PHEBUS Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Clear lemon yellow, an exceedingly rapid in- 
creases and one of the most popular of the newer 
yellow irises. Fine rounded flowers, over three feet 
tall, with much branching. A good companion to 
Pluie d'Or, with its contrasting shade. 


PINK JEWEL Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

Not a large flower, but an excellent pink toned 
affair where garden effect is desired. The standards 
are self colored, but the falls are very heavily veined 
deep violet pink over a lighter ground. A very rapid 
increaser, thirty inches tall. 

PINK OPAL Each 40c 

A sister seedling of Pink Satin, of much greater 
size and half again as tall. The blossoms are lilac- 
pink, self colored, and abundantly produced, al- 
though the tall stems are short branched. However, 
the blooms appear all along the stalks, so that the 
lack of branches is not apparent in the garden pic- 
ture. Very beautiful, and a bargain at the price. 

PIUTE Each $10.00 

Fiery bit of color, a near approach to true red, 
without haft venation and lacking blue or purple in 
its makeup. One of Quality Gardens real quality 
introductions. Three feet tall, of good size, on slender 

PRAIRIE SUNSET Price on request. 

Possibly the most beautiful iris of all time — a glori- 
ous blend of pink, rose, apricot, peach and yellow. We 
were among the fortunate few who saw it two years 
ago and likewise among the very few who were 
privileged to purchase a rhizome last summer at 
$100 each! We have one or two to sell this year. 

PRESIDENT PILKINGTON Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

A very lovely pastel blend, which at one time 
bore the appropriate name of "Apparition". When 
Mr. Mead saw it blooming in France, he described 
the color as "a lavender-blue elephant tone", suf- 
fused with bronze. A huge flower, the stalks splen- 
didly branched to 4 feet tall. 

Standards are pale buff, with faint bluish and 
slightly rosy cast. Falls, wide and flaring lavender- 
blue with buffy yellow suffusion paling at the mar- 
gins. Beard golden yellow. 

RADIANT Each $10.00 

Standards of burnished golden bronze, falls of 
glowing copper red, as bright in comparison with 
other iris of today as King Midas was rich among the 
iris available when it was first released. Of medium 
size and height, perfect form, inestimable garden 
value. Incidentally, it bloomed again in the fall in 
1936, and also in 1937. Very few rhizomes for sale. 

RAMESES Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

A symphony in rose, pink and buff, shading to 
yellow near the edges, and with a yellow glow at the 
heart. Heavy apricot beard. This fine hardy iris was 
originated in Nebraska by the Sass Brothers, and was 
so universally outstanding that it received the Dykes 
Medal in 1932. The big flowers are very freely pro- 
duced, late, on 36-inch stalks. See page 22. 

REBELLION Each $5.00; 3 for $12.00 

Glowing deep blood red, almost a duplicate of 
Burning Bronze except that the coloring is far more 
vivid. It is described and shown in color on the back 

RED CROSS Each $2.00 

A rather bizarre contrast of bright rose-red and 
white, especially striking in the garden picture be- 
cause of its great carrying power. It is almost an 
exact counterpart of Mary Geddes in markings and 
type, but instead of an orange or salmon cast this one 
appears as rose red. A Kleinsorge introduction of 

RED DOMINION Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

Luxurious red velvet, the shade of a glass of fine 
wine with the light through it. The opening buds are 
almost black, and the full blown flowers possess a 
depth and richness unequalled in any other red iris. 
One of Dr. Ayres' masterpieces. See page . . 

RED GLEAM Each $25.00 

The most vivid red iris we have ever seen. Intro- 
duced and fully described on page 9. 

RED RADIANCE Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

A very rich maroon red, especially telling in mass. 
Both standards and falls are dark, the falls velvety. 
Rapid increaser, very hardy, over three feet in height. 

ROBERT Each $1.25 

Somehow we have overlooked this in prior years. 
Last season we saw it in several Eastern gardens 
and it was extra fine. An iris of perfect shape and 
smooth substance, a chamois colored self, or perhaps 
a yellow-tan would better describe it. Near the haft 
there is a very light suggestion of pale blue. H. M. 
AIS 1936. Height 3 feet. 

ROSARIO Each $6.00 

Beautiful ochraceus yellow, flushed and overlaid 
old rose. Might be called tourmaline pink with gold 
suffusions extending from heart of flower into the 
falls. Deep yellow beard, particularly luminous in a 
gray atmosphere. Form broadly flaring, very large in 
size, finely branched stalks, 40 inches tall. Selected at 
blooming time last year among Mr. Thole's seedlings, 
his Satsuma being equally fine and a lovely com- 
panion to this one. 

ROSEL AND Each $ 1 5.00 

One of David Hall's new things; a taller, larger 
and brighter Coralie. See page 9. 

ROSY WINGS Each $7.00; 3 for $18.00 

Among the two or three top-most introductions 
during the past few years. A blend of rose and cop- 
per, with excellent form, flaring falls, large size, 40- 
inch stems. One of the few new colors developed in 
iris in recent years. Very few rhizomes for sale. 

RUBEO Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

An outstanding red from California, of huge size, 
excellent branching habit, and four feet in height. 
Standards are deep glistening rose, falls deep 
maroon of heavy velvety texture. The finest red 
among Mohr-Mitchell introductions. 


SABLE Each $20.00 

Extreme in color and substance, one of the few 
iris that might well be termed "black". Sable has 
every attribute that a truly fine iris should have, in 
addition to its novel color. Paul Cook's second intro- 
duction, the other being the magnificent E. B. William- 
son. It was a significant honor which befell Mr. Cook 
when the iris trials in Rome, Italy, announced the win- 
ners — the grand prize and Gold Medal to his E. B. 
Williamson, a First Class Certificate to Sable! 

SANDALWOOD Each $5.00 

A new fawn-brown blend, showing quite a re- 
semblance to our own introduction Far West. We 
have only a few rhizomes and have not seen it 
blooming sufficiently to give an accurate description. 

SANDIA Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Bright deep pink blend, unusual with a smoky 
veil. An Ohio iris critic, nationally known and whose 
opinion everyone respects, wrote us that it was one 
of the three or four finest things he saw in 1935. The 
blooms are large, and the stems grow to 40 inches in 

SATSUMA Each $7.50 

Very large flower of pale brown-pink, faintly 
shadowed cobalt violet, giving a warm tan effect in 
sunlight. Yellow beard, slightly fragrant, vigorous 
grower, 40 inches tall. This iris, seen as a seedling, 
appeared to the writer as a pure chamois colored self. 

SEADEEP Each $4.00 

Introduced by F. A. Thole, of Seattle, Wash. We 
saw this as a seedling in 1936, at which time we 
thought it the very finest blue bicolor in the world. It 
is a seedling of Santa Barbara crossed with Buto, and 
it combines the clean blue of the former in the stan- 
dards with the rich blue-black of the latter in the falls, 
but unlike either it is just a little frilly in its segments. 
Tall stems, excellently branched, an abundance of 
huge flowers, everything to make it the complete per- 
fect iris. 

SERENITE Each 50c 

If you care for such blends as Persia you surely 
will like Serenite. It is a blend of blue and gold, the 
standards silvery blue shading to yellowish tones at 
the edges, the falls bright blue with golden shadings 
and a brilliant orange haft. Heavy substance, widely 
flaring falls, stalks over three feet tall. A French orig- 
ination from Cayeux. 

SHAH JEHAN Each 75c 

Said to contain more colors than any other iris in 
commerce, this serenely beautiful flower in oriental 
smoky shades almost eludes any attempt to describe 
it accurately. Standards are creamy buff faintly 
edged lavender, the falls very rich velvety chestnut 
merging into purple, thence gradually fading out to 
a margin that repeats the color in the standards. 
Beard is very rich orange. A very late variety, tall, 
of large size. 

SIR KNIGHT Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

A huge deep violet self with domed standards and 
flaring falls. Hafts are exceptionally broad, bright- 
ened with a rich orange beard. Over three feet in 


Clear and clean blue, like the reflection of an 
azure sky in crystal waters. There are many iris 
critics who declare this to be the finest of all blue 
toned irises. The wax-like texture of the petals has a 
startling contrast in the orange beards. It grows to 
four feet tall, with many very large blossoms per 
stalk. A. M. AIS 1935. 

SHIRVAN Each 50c 

With the same glowing soft brown and yellow 
tones found in the rare rug of this same name, this 
iris possesses an exquisite velvetiness and brilliance 
equaled by few flowers. Some of our finest pansies 
rival it, but seldom do we find an iris so alive and yet 
with such depth of tone. A seedling from the hand of 
Dr. Loomis, the originator of the famous Blue Velvet. 
Of medium height. Stock limited. 

SIEGFRIED Each $15.00 

An iris they are all talking about and one which 
almost everyone would buy if stock were plentiful 
and the price reasonably low. A flower of really huge 
size, pale sulphur yellow entirely overlaid with a 
stippling and dotting of purple. Both standards and 
falls are slightly waved at the edges. A buffy over- 
tone blends the colors together. We have very fine 
stock, but only a limited supply. See page 7. 

SIERRA BLUE Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

A soft, clear, enamel-like blue. This iris was re- 
cently awarded the Dykes Medal of the American 
Iris Society for 1935. It is of tall and stately habit 
and carries many buds to the stalk. Together with 
Shining Waters, Mr. Essig has given us two of the 
most outstanding blue irises ever introduced. Sierra 
Blue is the deeper of the two. See page 26. 


Gleaming chestnut red, with very bright golden 
brown standards. In the famous garden of M. E. 
Douglas, at Woodbury, New Jersey, it was a center 
of interest when the Iris Society members were guests 
there last spring. A flower of large size, on medium 
height stems, it is probably the most brilliant iris yet 
turned out by the Sass Brothers. 

SIR MICHAEL Each 35c; 3 for 75c 

Unquestionably the finest blue and purple bicolor 
in the world. Standards are clear blue, falls deep 
rich mahogany, with a beard of red-gold. Regarded 
as the finest iris ever to come from England and a 
sensation wherever shown. In our own wet North- 
west, in dry and sunny California, and in Nebraska, 
Ohio, and the colder Minnesota and New England, 
we found it blooming equally well. A super iris, if 
ever there was one. 

SMOLDER Each $7.50 

A deep blackish purple with red underglow, self 
colored. Beard brown, giving the flower a very deep 
and especially rich appearance. This is a most out- 
standing new seedling from Col. Nicholls, introduced 
last season. Fragrant, well branched, of good size, 
almost four feet tall. 


SNOWKING Each $5.00; 3 for $12.00 

We flowered this in our own gardens last season, 
and saw it blooming in half a dozen mid-Western and 
Eastern states. It is in our opinion the very finest large 
flowered hardy white iris, and because of our admira- 
tion for it and our faith in its future we stocked up on 
it and can offer a plentiful supply of good rhizomes 
this year. Snowking is all that one could wish for in 
a truly sensational flower. 

SOLITUDE Each $1.50 

Nothing gay or flashy about this flower, but for 
those who can appreciate subtle beauty in a sombre 
iris we are certain this one will be most welcome. A 
self of blackish mulberry, with beard in harmony. 
Very tall, with a profusion of large blossoms. 


Cayeux's entry for the blackest iris. We flowered 
it last year but the stalk was not normal, being hurt 
by a late frost. The flower was indeed dark, almost 
a black self, with very flaring falls. 

SPOKAN Each $1.50 

A solidly colored deep chestnut-red, of great size 
— one of the very largest — with an odd coppery suf- 
fusion throughout. Once you see this iris you will 
make a solemn resolve to eventually own it. In the 
McDade garden, amongst a maze of novelties from 
far and wide, Spokan commanded the attention of 
every visitor. See page . . 

SPRING IDYL Each $10.00 

Delicate pink and white, an apple blossom effect 
in the garden. A new Lapham seedling, see page 10. 

STAINED GLASS Each $15.00 

Fiery copper-red with the sun through it, dull cop- 
per self otherwise. See page 10 for details. 

ST. LOUIS Each 60c; 3 for $1.50 

Glossy velvety purple, with harmonious beard and 
mellow, pleasing haft. Of fine oval form, it is a self 
in color, with an abundance of flowers and excellent 
stems. Introduced by Robert Schreiner in 1934, it 
is numbered in his selection of "100 Super Iris". 

SUNMIST Each $1.00 

An immensely popular new thing from Col. 
Nicholls, a sort of cream and yellow blended bicolor. 
Standards are glittering pure white, falls creamy 
white with deeper central portion and golden beard. 
Tall, with slender stems and good branching habit. 

TAPESTRY Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

A subtle blend of monster size, smoky mulberry 
in general color effect, with the center of the fall 
intensely colored, passing out to the smoky tones of 
the standards. This variety calls to mind Dr. Ayres' 
famous "Persia", but the dominant note is dull red 

instead of dull blue. TAPESTRY is a favorite of Mrs. 
Ayres, who admired it especially as a cut flower in 
the house. Shown in color on page 23. 

TARANTELLA Each $2.50 

A new pink stitched plicata, taller and larger than 
older varieties of that type. Ground color is snow 
white, neatly marked with pinkish lines about the 
edges of both standards and falls. Slightly ruffled. 

TENAYA Each 85c 

Glowing blackish red-purple, with brownish un- 
dertone. Gives a color effect somewhat like Wotan, 
but the flower is of entirely different shape. Without 
haft venation, its richness is emphasized by a brown- 
gold beard. In the Radio City exhibit in New York in 
1937 it won highest honors over scores of newer sorts. 
Medium height. 

THE BLACK DOUGLAS Each $1.25; 3 for $3.00 

Large blackish purple of uniform shade. Different 
in its "black" effect as compared to Black Wings in 
that it is on the red-purple side instead of being blue- 
purple, as in the case of the latter. Medium height, 
fine form and very velvety surface. 


A gigantic plicata comparable to the famous pair 
from California — San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
However, this new seedling is a product from the 
gardens of Dr. Ayres of Cincinnati, and is therefore 
perfectly hardy anywhere. 

THE RED DOUGLAS Each $20.00 

Possibly more glamour was attached to the intro- 
duction of this variety than any iris in recent years. 
Seen in only about a half-dozen gardens last year, it 
drew the attention of all present. Simply colossal in 
size, as smooth and heavy as a piece of richest plush. 
It is a deep rosy-wine-red, solid at the haft with a 
brownish cast near the center, beard rich orange. We 
are fortunate to have a very fine lot of rhizomes. 

TIFFANY Each $10.00 

The third member of the great Sass plicata trio, 
the others being Orloff and Siegfried. It is soft yellow 
in color, with stitchings of bronzy -pinkish-violet, if you 
can visualize such a combination! Less formal in 
appearance than Siegfried, and gives a yellow rather 
than a creamy tan garden effect. Stems three feet in 
height. Of the three, Siegfried is the largest, Orloff 
the smallest — but possibly the prettiest — and Tiffany 
the best in all respects including size, shape, and 
general qualities. But many competent critics will 
disagree with us. 

TIGER-TIGER Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

A red iris with tan standards, the falls appearing 
more nearly true red than any other iris we have 
seen. A heavy blooming Wareham seedling with 
very large well formed blossoms. It bears our sincere 


TOKEN Each $10.00 

One of the new Hall seedlings, a Mary Geddes 
garden effect, but smoother and otherwise finer. See 
page 10. 

TREASURE ISLAND Each $7.50; 3 for $18.00 

A truly gigantic flower of bright, clear, rich yel- 
low. Tall stems, not a trace of Dykes blood in its 
parentage, hardiness beyond question. Treasure 
Island is the nearest to ideal of any of the new yel- 
lows we have seen, because there is neither the tell- 
tale purple flecking which eventually crops out in 
those of the Dykes strain, nor the oftimes tender con- 
stitution accompanying them. Still other fine new 
golden hued introductions possess a suffusion of olive 
on the haft, but not so with this one. The illustration 
on page 34 is an exact reproduction in every detail 
except size, which is reduced to fit the page. 

VISION Each $1.50 

There are many variegata blends, such as El 
Tovar and Crown Prince, which contain much brown 
and deep orange, and which are magnificent iris. 
But Vision carries no blending of tones whatsoever, a 
contrast of brightest clean yellow standards and very 
velvety red-brown falls, margined yellow. 

WABASH Each $5.00 

A new iris so far in advance of others of similar 
color combination that they are simply not in the 
race. With clean white 'standards and bright purple 
falls, it might have been called "Elk's Temple", so 
well does it call to mind the colors of that well known 
fraternal organization. The flowers are large and are 
borne on well branched stalks reaching almost forty 
inches in height. 

TUSCALOOSA Each $ 1 0.00 

A larger and taller Shirvan, almost identical in 
color. We saw this at least three feet tall in Nashville, 
splendidly branched and with large blossoms. A Col. 
Nicholls seedling, introduced by his son, Jesse. 

UKIAH Each $1.25; 3 for $3.00 

A tall deep velvety brown iris, along the lines of 
Mrs. Valerie West. Of great size and perfect form, 
with sturdy stalks and broad foliage. 

VALIANT Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

A blend of old gold and violet blue, the standards 
especially fine. The haft is brilliant gold, balance of 
the falls wistaria violet. Bright orange beard. From a 
cross made in Mr. Mitchell's California garden by 
Miss Sturtevant. 

VENUS DE MILO Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

This pure white, of a warm creamy tone, is now 
generally accepted throughout the nation as the very 
finest, all-round, most dependable under all condi- 
tions, of any white iris that grows. Last season our 
large stock of many hundreds of rhizomes was sold 
out, and because of so much favorable comment we 
anticipate a heavy call for it again this summer. One 
of the greatest successes from Dr. Ayres, of Cincin- 
nati. A. M. AIS 1935. Runner-up for the Dykes Medal, 

VERT-GALANT Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

Brilliant coppery red, with copper-fawn standards. 
A giant sort that has the habit of putting up from two 
to four huge stalks from each rhizome. The falls are 
edged with the lighter fawn color of the standards, 
and the haft is beautifully marked with cream and 
brown. This variety is not only a striking exhibition 
flower, but it has extra good carrying quality, and 
the four-foot spikes dominate the garden. Another 
Dykes Medal winner. 

VICTORY Each $10.00 

Huge violet purple, in style and color quite unlike 
other purple iris. See page 1 1. 

WASATCH Each $2.50; 3 for $6.00 

The largest plicata and one of the largest of all iris. 
Of the San Francisco type, with very broad falls and 
heavy substance. Color is clear white, with blue 
stitching on the haft. 

WAVERLY Each $10.00 

A 40-inch clear light blue, highly commended by 
all judges who have seen it. Originated by Tom 
Williams, of Nashville, Tenn. Some friends have 
advised us that this is the bluest one yet, but we have 
not flowered it as the catalog is written. 

WINNESHIEK Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

A gigantic blue-black, ruffled, and with a pearly 
edge on the falls. Here is an iris which suddenly 
sprang into prominence when it was exhibited in 
Lincoln, Nebraska, at the American Iris Society meet- 
ing four years ago. Every critic fell for its unusual 
style, broad segments and rich color — and so will 
you! See page 23. 

WM. MOHR Each 25c; 5 for $1.00 

This strange and beautiful hybrid is named for 
one of the world's most famous hybridizers, and is 
considered as his greatest piece of work. The entire 
bloom is a self color of pale lilac, closely netted and 
veined with deep violet, producing a weird, yet very 
lovely effect. In some ways it resembles the variety 
"Susiana", but lacks the dullness of this older sort, 
and is not at all difficult to grow. A monster flower, 
produced on stems up to 30 inches tall. 

WOT AN Each $1.00 

Here is the darkest, richest, and largest, of all the 
very deep blends. The velvety purple-brown texture 
extends clear into the throat, and were it not for the 
somewhat short stem, we would be inclined to rank 
this ahead of any dark iris that grows. However, the 
foliage is very bold and the stalks are heavy and in 
keeping with the size of the blooms. Height is the 
sole limitation — about 28 inches. 





Any 12 for $3.00 

' Alta California 
Autumn Dawn 
Golden Flare 
Imperial Blush 
Mary Geddes 
October Opera 
Red Dominion 
Ethelwyn Dubuar 
Frost Queen 
Pink Jewel 

Mary Senni 
Pink Opal 

Or you may substitute any from the 
collection on page 23. 




• Are you one of those flower lovers who 
cares but little for names, who has only a 
dollar or so to spend, and who wants the 
greatest number of varieties with the wid- 
est diversity of color for the least possible 

If you are, or if you are a curious soul with 
a yen to take a peek at our product before 
chancing a larger order, here is the answer: 

For $1 . . . we will send you not less than 
TEN iris, all different, postpaid, but without 
labels. Some of them are varieties of which we 
had too little stock to list in the catalog, others 
will be among those listed in this catalog but on 
which we are overstocked. None will be old or 
outdated trash commonly offered in "un-named" 

For $2 • . • the same proposition but 25 
sorts, all different! 

Intermediates and Fall Bloomers 

Fall blooming irises have been rapidly coming 
into prominence, especially with the advent of new 
colors and better varieties. 

Time was when any old iris, no matter how lack- 
ing in form, clarity of color, or other desirable 
features, was in popular demand if it exhibited fall 
blooming tendencies. 

These should make a fine addition to anyone's 
Autumn garden. They are the latest vogue in irisdom. 

Cosette. Ivory Elf and Red Orchid are NOT fall 

AUTUMN DAWN Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Fall bloomer of blended old gold and pink — cer- 
tainly an advance in this type. In California, where 
it originated, it blooms almost continuously from 
August through the winter, commencing again in 
April. Height, two feet. Very rapid increaser, in no 
way tender. 

AUTUMN FROST Each $2.00; 3 for $5 

A large flowered pure white, with 
golden haft and beard. A fall bloomer. 

COSETTE Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Newly introduced by the Sass Broth- 
ers in 1936, Cosette is offered as a fine, 
large, broad petaled white intermediate 
with every good point. 


Each 20c; 3 for 50c 

Deep fluorite purple self, with very 
rich falls. The opening flower is almost 
black, and the heavy blue beard tends 
to increase the depth of color. This is 
the leading fall-blooming iris in com- 
merce today, because it increases very 
fast, is most reliable in flowering habit, 
and is one of the most beautiful irises in 
the garden regardless of its added value 
as a re-bloomer. 

FROST QUEEN Each 50c; 3 for $ 1 .00 

Frostv white, exceptionally free bloomer, and of 
perfect form. This has proven very dependable as a 
re-bloomer in Kansas, Nebraska, and Tennessee, as 
well as on the Pacific Coast. A succession of new 
bloom stalks follow each other throughout the fall. 


Standards olive yellow, tinted blue at the base; 
falls citron yellow, tinted blue near the haft. This 
introduces a bright and cheerful note in the fall gar- 
den, and is the one yellow autumn flowering iris that 
is obtainable at a low price. 

IVORY ELF Each $2.00; 3 for $5.00 

The falls are smooth and flaring, creamy with ivory 
center; standards are creamy white with golden 
flec v s, very foamy in effect. No other intermediate 
resembles it, and we are certain that it will be a very 
happy companion to tulips and other flowers of early 
spring. Height 20 inches. 


A tall and very well branched fall 
bloomer, the best blue autumn flow- 
ering variety. 


Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

A fine big glowing red, along the 
lines of Indian Chief, but it is a per- 
sistent autumn bloomer. Much bright- 
er in color than October Opera and 
larger in size. 

OCTOBER OPERA Each 50c; 3 for $1 
A new color in autumn flowering 

sorts, a rich wine-red. It is brighter 
than the old Opera, much larger, and 
is also taller. This is a fine grower, 
and in the fall in our garden it was 
covered with flowers. Of course it 
also blooms in the spring, with the 


EVELYN PULL AR Each $10.00 

A real winter bloomer, one that begins to flower 
after the usual fall bloomers have finished. A con- 
tinuous crop of buds carries the parade of flowers 
well into spring. Protected from snow and freezing 
weather by a box-like frame, one never would guess 
that the accompanying picture was made during 
Christmas week! Color is a medium to light blue, with 
bright orange beard. Stock very limited. 

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 
A sure-fire fall blocmer, but not very rapid of in- 
crease. Tall, well branched, bright red purple in 
color, with blue blaze on the falls. 

RED ORCHID Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Very early flowering intermediate, glowing like a 
coal of fire in the morning and evening light. Deep 
red in effect, violet-carmine technically, it is so recent 
as to be hardly known as yet but is certain to be 
popular when the public has seen it in flower. Height 
28 inches. 

SOUTHLAND Each 75c; 3 for $1.50 

The Sass Brothers have given us most of our 
autumn flowering irises, and now we are indebted to 
them for this fine big yellow. The color is deep lemon 
chrome, with flowers of large size and thick heavy 
substance. Flaring falls and domed standards, the 
stems low branched. Vigorous in growth, two feet tall. 

r _ I O I _ _ * ^ /"* _ I I _ _ ±. * _ M Eleanor Roosevelt, Golden Harvest, Ultra, Autumn 
rdll DlUOrning ^UllCCllUn Dawn, October Blaze, and Southland, for $2.00 


Iris Miniatures 

for the Rock Garden, the Border 
or Flagstone Path 

They lead the parade! Right with the Daffodils 
come the Dwarf Iris. Short in stature and delicate in 
structure, they are none the less stout of heart and 
brave the icy blasts and cold rains of early spring 
with the courage of a Spartan. 

Most Dwarf Irises multiply very fast, creating a 
sheet of bloom, and later on, a dense mat of green 
foliage. Long recognized as admirable subjects for 
the rock garden, and as an edging plant in the flower 
border, these miniatures are perfectly adapted to 
embellishment of the flagstone path. Scatter them 
here and there along the intervening spaces. The 
springtime showing will delight you. 

CYANEA Each 25c; 3 for 50c; 10 for $1.00 

Glowing violet, with white beard. Large flowers 
and fine foliage. Fragrant. 

DIXMUDE Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Standards analine blue, falls brilliant wine. A 
striking contrast. 

DR. MANN Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

A dusky blue and purple bicolor. Good height 
for a dwarf, and late-midseason flowering. 

ELF QUEEN Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

From the garden of Hans Sass we obtained this 
new snow white miniature, and it is being introduced 
at this time. Much more dwarf than the variety Snow 
Maiden, the pure white flowers having a slight cool 
green tinge. 

FLORIDA Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Bright primrose yellow. A gay and fragrant little 
fellow with lots of flowers. 

KEEPSAKE Each 50c 

New type of dwarf iris introduced in 1936 by the 
Longfield Iris Farm, originated by Paul Cook. This 
one is of brightest yellow, with slender, graceful stems 
bearing from one to three flowers, 12 inches tall. 
Fountain-like foliage, with an amazing number of 
flower stems per plant. Limited stock. 

NEOLA Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

Very odd blend of brown and mauve, lovely and 
most unusual. Although low in price the stock of this 
is scarce. A fall bloomer. 

ROSE MIST Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Soft rose-lilac, ten inches high. One of the newer 



Each 30c; 3 for 75c 

named — a blackish garnet, with rich buds. 

Seldom offered. 


A new white of very low growth, 10 inches, clean 
and lovely, with a faculty for producing an almost 
unbelievable quantity of bloom. Like a drift of newly 
fallen snow. 

TAMPA Each 50c 

Along with Keepsake, Tampa was introduced by 
the Longfield Farm as a new type dwarf. Very red 
for a dwarf, on slender 14-inch stems, the flowers 
about 2 inches each way. They are lavishly pro- 
duced above foliage that is in itself graceful and a 
fit subject for the rock garden. Limited stock. 

TITANIA Each 50c; 3 for $1.25 

Deep buttercup yellow, large, well formed. This 
is another late variety and one of Sass's new things. 

TONY Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

Very brilliant ruby red, almost black unless in 
sunshine. In early morning or at sundown it glows 
like fire. One of the very best regardless of price. 

ULTRA Each 25c; 3 for 50c 

One of the largest flowered dwarfs, as well as 
one of the tallest (1 foot), and in addition is one of the 
bluest irises grown. Besides all this, it is a most re- 
liable autumn re-bloomer! 


ONE EACH, Tony, Florida, Rose Mist, Neola, 
Dlxmude, and the new white Elf Queen, for $1.50. 
THREE of each, for $3.50. 

Please remember that these are miniature types, and 
the rhizomes are indeed tiny compared to other iris! 

4 1 


Withdrawn from our catalog 
two years ago because of 
scarcity of stock, we now 
take pride in again offering 
a wide selection of these 
gorgeous late June and July 
flowering plants. Included in 
the complete list on page 44 
are four novelties which we 
brought in from Japan and 
which are now released for 
sale for the first time. 

Japanese Iris Collections 

Large, vicjorou s plants, with two or more fans each, correctly labeled and post- 
paid, and packed in damp moss to insure freshness when they reach you. 

The 5 Varieties Starred for $1.75 

Your choice of any 10 for $3.00 

(except last 4) 

The ENTIRE LIST of 20 for $5.00 


Eleanor Parry 




Osamaku Miyo 




Cloudy Sky 




J. A. Hayden 












Martha Kemp 


Perfect Peace 


Jeanette Parry 




Cloud Dress 


Purple Glory 





Late in the summer, better make one or two second choices from 
the regular list, in case we are sold short on some of the above. 


"It is NOT TRUE that Japanese Irises must have bogland or even 
water in which to bathe their roots. They love moisture, but will 
flourish in any good garden soil if water is applied in abundance and 
if the exposure is sunny. The latter point is important. It is useless 
trying to grow Japanese Irises in a shady spot. Sunlight and moisture 
are the two reguisites for success with these plants. 

"Let it be remembered that this type of Iris takes an entirely differ- 
ent treatment from the Bearded Iris. Instead of being planted almost on 
the surface of the ground, the crowns should be buried two inches. 

"Peat can be added to advantage to soil where Japanese Irises are 
to go. Unlike the Bearded Irises, which delight in lime, the Japanese 
forms prefer a soil which is somewhat acid. Lime should never be used 
with them. It is also important that the ground be kept well cultivated, 
never being allowed to become hard or dry. A summer mulch of pul- 
verized peat lessens the amount of hoeing necessary and helps to hold 
the moisture. 

"The location should be one where the drainage is good, even though 
it be close by a pond. These Irises like to have their roots reach water 
in summer, but stagnant water must not stand around the clumps, and 
it is imperative that they should not be caked over with ice in winter. 

"Japanese Irises must have plenty of room, and must never have 
competition from weeds or grass. If they are used in a general garden 
away from water, a spot should be prepared for them by digging out a 
foot of earth and working in an abundance of well rotted cow manure. 
If the earth is at all heavy set the divided clump on a little mound of 
sand. When winter comes a light mulch will be needed. 

"There is only one way in which to get an abundance of large 
flowers, and that is to supply water with a generous hand during the 
spring before the buds open." — Extract from "Horticulture" Magazine. 

■\ 2 


AIFUKURIN Each $1.00 

Sgle. White ground, suffused and heavily edged violet, petaloid 
stamens edged petunia violet. An exceptionally beautiful variety. 
See page 43, lower right. 


A new one from Japan, perfectly huge, very deep ultramarine 
blue self, deep gold center. 

CATHERINE PARRY Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Blue, ovrlaid with rosy red glow; high tufts in center lend 

CLOUDY SKY Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. White with crimson tipped petals. Very fast grower. 

CLOUD DRESS Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Grey, lined lightly with purple veins. 

COLLINGWOOD Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. One of the Kemp varieties, very pinkish in tone, slightly 

CONSTANCE Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Pale blue ground, flushed and feathered mauve, yellow at the 

ELEANOR PARRY Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Claret red, flamed white and blue as the flower ages. 

GENJIYAMA Each 75c 3 for $1.75 

Dbl. One of the largest, very tall, a metallic light purple overlaid 
blue; orange blotch. 

HATSUKI Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. A strikingly blue flower for a Jap iris, uniform in color, neat 
in appearance, prolific bloomer. 

HARMONY Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. Ruffled oxide blue, veined and edged lilac pink, with orange 

J. A. HAYDEN Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Dbl. Giant porcelain white, with edges of petals shading off into 
light blue. A very large and heavily textured iris. 

JEANETTE PARRY Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. White, very large falls delicately hair-lined with soft blue. 
Deep amethyst violet standards. 

KARAHASHI Each $5.00 

Dbl. Deep magenta-lake in color, very vivid, with extra broad 
petals waved at the edges. A lovely rose red tone, with blossoms 
of largest size. Recently imported from Japan. 

KOHIO Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Dbl. Light lavender ground, densely mottled and veined purple. 

KOKO-NO-IRO Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Dark wine red self, orange blotch in center; a very double 
variety that blooms extra late. A striking red effect. 

KUMONO Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Lavender, with very fine feathering and veining of white, 
yellow center. 

KURUMA-DOME Each $2.50 

Dbl. Another new one which we imported from Japan. This one 
is white with a narrow stitching of reddish purple, something like 
the plicatas in bearded iris. 

LAWRENCE Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. A very large and broad petaled light reddish violet, heavily 
sanded white. A Kemp introduction. 

MARJORIE PARRY Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. Huge light lavender, almost white, with tufted center. Some 
flowers come pure white, others clear lavender, still others 
blended together. Fine form and a vigorous grower. 

MARTHA KEMP Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. The most prolific growing sort in our collection. A Kemp 
introduction of deep lilac pink, brushed Venetian blue. 

MARVELLA Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. Phlox purple, splashed phlox pink; a Kemp variety. 


Dbl. A most spectacular gigantic flower of clear white with very 
broad frosted edge of brilliant crimson. One of the newest nov- 
elties direct from Japan. Limited stock. 

MONIJA Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. Rich crimson wine, with hair line edge of white. This is a 
robust growing iris with great masses of bloom, medium in size, 
quite tall, very velvety in appearance. 

NEPTUNE Each 75c 

Sgl. Solid wine red with orange center. The tallest Jap in our 
collection. Very few plants this year. 

NISHIKA Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. Extra large bright rose, heavily marbled and splashed with 
white. One of the finest. 

OSAMAKU MIYO Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Dbl. A great ivory or creamy white flower, entirely covered with 
tiny web-like blue veins. Styles deep blue violet. We have 
propagated a large stock and offer it at a price far below its real 

OTOMENE Each $1.00 

Sgl. The largest Japanese iris grown, some flowers actually 
attaining a diameter of 1 foot! A very tall royal purple, overlaid 
with a smokey cast. See picture on page 43, upper left. 


Dbl. A new white originated here in Oregon. Of extremely 
double form, with a crest-like center surrounded by golden veins. 


Dbl. A rare variety that is much sought after, since it is of an 
unusual blue tone and extra late. Very heavy substance. Our 
stock is extremely limited. 

PURPLE GLORY Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

Dbl. Originated also by Mrs. U. G. Smith, who gave us the lovely 
white, Perfect Peace. This iris is a giant in size, very deep red 
purple in color, with a silky sheen. A very rich piece of color. 

RICHMOND Each $1.00 

Sgl. Now for the first time in several seasons we are able to again 
offer a few plants of this Kemp variety. Of richest velvety royal 
purple, lightly splashed clear white. Few plants. 

RISHONO Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Dbl. A very heavy flower of rich deep purple, waved and fluted 
at the edges, different form than most others. 

ROMANCE Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. Heavenly blue, marbled with pinkish lilac. 

SHIGA Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Dbl. A bold and massive flower, reddish blue in color, heavily 
striped and veined white, giving an effect of oriental porcelain. 

SURI Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. Described by some as a "mouse gray" self. This is such a 
free bloomer that it almost forgets to propagate itself! 

TALMANYA Each 50c; 3 for $1.00 

Sgl. Pale king's blue, splashed lighter blue; a finely ruffled sort 
of large size. 

VERNON Each 75c; 3 for $1.75 

Sgl. Bright lavender blue on pink ground, orange center; a very 
large flower. 




Oriental Poppies 

for Barbaric Splendor 


There is nothing more brilliantly attractive — more strikingly 'noticeable 
in any garden — than a clump of Oriental Poppies. 

Many times I had bought plants, only to have them die, and many times 
I had planted seed — but with very little success — simply because I did not 
know how to care for them. Finally I bought plants in the dormant season 
and set them out. After becoming established in their new home they made 
wonderful growth in the Fall. 

Oriental Poppies are quite hardy, and stay green most of the winter 
under a light covering, which they should have. When spring comes the 
plants make rapid growth and very soon big fat buds appear. In a few 
days, these buds burst into a radiant brilliance, to my joy and satisfaction. 

Do not buy Poppies in the spring and expect them to do their best. Buy 
them in their dormant season, in August or early September — carefully 
plant them — let them get their roots firmly established — the little feeding 
roots active and ready for quick work in the spring, and you will have glo- 
rious Poppies in your garden, and a thrilling satisfaction in your heart. — 
From "The Flower Grower." 

AMUNRA Each $1.50 

Red-orange, 28 to 30 inches high, flowers 8-9 
inches across. Outstanding quality. 

CAVALIER Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Larger than the enormous variety Wurtembergia, 
perfectly formed, and lasts extra long in flower. The 
color is glowing cerise. 


Soft lilac-rose, a near approach to lavender. 
Opens perfectly, holds its color remarkably well for 
this shade. A true novelty of exceptional merit. Only 
a very few plants. 


Melting peach-pink, very lovely and quite differ- 
ent from all others in its most attractive coloring. 
Large and fine. 


Large fringed flowers of brilliant scarlet, petals 
deeply cut like a parrot tulip. Medium height, fast 


Fringed, like the foregoing but with heavy black 
blotches and a slightly different shade. 

MANDARIN Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

Appropriately colored Chinese red, of great size. 
There are no basal spots on the huge flowers. Sel- 
dom listed, it was declared by many of our visitors 
last year to be the finest and most spectacular poppy 
of all. 


Lilac color, marvelous flower, but should be grown 
with slight protection from the sun to prevent fading 
of the delicate color. 

MRS. FISCHER Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Extra large, very deep red poppy on the tallest 
stems of any in our collection. It will easily reach 4 
feet regularly, with uniformly perfect flowers, silky 
in texture, one of the very best at any price. 

OLYMPIA— Sold out for 1939. 

PEARL PINK Each $2.00 

Very fine and distinct; a delicate shade of light 
pearly pink, vigorous and prolific. Appears like one 
large tulip within a larger one. Its delicate color can- 
not stand the strong reds and bright salmons, and to 
see it at its best, should be planted with blue iris or 
an early delphinium. Stock limited. Medium height. 



Large deep flowers, entrancing 
with immense black spots at base. 

Each $1.00 

shade of pink 

PERRY'S BLUSH Each $ 1 .00 

Blush white, beautifully formed and a profuse 
flowering variety. Stock of this is quite scarce. 

PROSERPINE Each $1.00 

Most brilliant Chinese red, the center alive with 
black stamens. Of great size, flowering over a very 
long period. Shown on page 45. 


A melting strawberry pink flower of good finish, 
with prominent black and red base spots. To 40 inches 

RED LACQUER Each $1.50 

A new deep dark red, of strong appeal. Stiff erect 
stems to 44 inches tall. Blooms 7 to 9 inches across. 
Well named. 

SPLENDOUR Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Brilliant, huge, entirely novel in color, this blend of 
peach and apricot, entirely overlaid salmon, is un- 
like any poppy we have ever seen. Very late, and a 
vigorous grower. 

TRILBY Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

One of the last to bloom. Dark, lustrous, deep red, 
the petals having a plaited appearance. Very large, 
and one of the finest of all poppies. 

WATTEAU Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Pure flesh-coral; covered with flowers. No blotch 
on petals. This is one of the rarest and loveliest in 
our list. 


Enormous cerise 
outstanding flower, 

Each $1.00 

scarlet; very tall growing. An 
attaining almost unbelievable 



Condensed from an Article by A. E. Curtis of Cincinnati and published 
in "The Flower Grower". 

In describing the Poppies of the past sea- 
son one's judgment can be based only upon 
the plants seen. The difference between an 
extra well-grown specimen and one that has 
done poorly is about fifty per cent, so if I 
praise highly some variety that has seemed 
only ordinary, it may not be so much a dif- 
ference of opinion as a difference in the spec- 
imen seen. 

We will start with the deepest reds. 
TRILBY I still feel holds her own. She is 
large, tall and stately, a real gueen. WUR- 
TEMBERGIA is still the largest and finest me- 
dium red with the exception of CAVALIER, 
which is very similar but will grow even 
larger and finer. In the scarlet or flame red 
class, MANDARIN is a beauty, being one 
solid color without a blotch. PROSERPINE 
with an extra large black blotch though near- 
ly the same color gives an entirely different 

Now a word of caution in regard to plant- 
ing your reds. Be sure to keep your scarlet 
and even the medium red of WURTEM- 
BERGIA away from the deep tints, or by con- 
trast they will look like just another orange 
poppy, while by themselves or with the right 
surroundings they are brilliant flame or 
cerise red beauties. 

The orange or red orange (often spoken of 
as a brick red), the Poppy of our grand- 
mothers' day, will not need any comment. 
There are many large named varieties, in 
fact some of the largest, but it is a color hard 
to harmonize with the rest of the garden and 
the newer, clearer and more harmonious col- 
ors are so much handsomer that few will 
want to plant the former. 

For those wanting a profuse blooming 
dwarf pink, WATTEAU (flesh-coral) is a little 
gem. The great majority of pink Poppies are 
salmon pink and there are probably fifty 
good Poppies in this color class. Two more 
pinks I would not be without are JEANNIE 
MAWSON and MRS. J. HAWKINS. A bed of 
either of these will stay in bloom for twenty- 
one days while the average period for all 
others that I have checked is only ten days. 

We now come to series of pastel shades 
which I wish to designate as cutting Poppies. 
When they first open they are very beautiful 
and if cut and brought into the house they 
hold their beauty; but left outside, they fade 
to colors that are anything but beautiful. For 
some reason the lilac and purple dyes in the 
Poppies do not stand the sun. One Poppy in 
this class deserves special attention — EN- 
CHANTRESS, a tall, large and a beautiful 

lilac rose. It is one of the finest Poppies ever 
seen when it opens, but, alas, fades to a col- 
orless flower unless taken into the house. 

All those who come to my garden want to 
see a white Poppy and when they are shown 
one, they are disappointed, and personally I 
do not care for them. What I want in Poppies 
is color. The whites are the only Poppies that 
do not grow well for me. Possibly they resent 
the fact that I do not admire them. PERRY 
WHITE is usually considered a poor doer. 
probably the best. I have used my own near 
which are hardy and strong growers. One 
caution is necessary with these. Plant them 
with blue Iris or Delphinium, for if planted 
near pink or red flowers they will appear a 
grey white by contrast and the same caution 
applies to PERRY'S BLUSH. 

When it comes to color descriptions of Pop- 
pies, there is a great variation and on some 
varieties every description differs. I have 
described the color so it would be best vis- 
ualized by the greatest majority of garden- 
ers, but some kind of a Poppy Society is 
needed to standardize color description and 
to straighten out the variations that now go 
out under one name. 

Six for $250 








Seven for $500 




NOTE: Oriental poppies are best transplanted when perfectly dormant, 
in late August or early September. At that time they are one of the 
most unsightly of all plants, with no top at all and but little else than a 
few strands of bare roots of a fleshy nature. They will be packed in 

damp moss when you receive them . . . remove this and plant them 
with the crown an inch or less below the surface of the ground, water 
well immediately, and do not allow the soil to dry out. They will soon 
produce a mop of leaves and bloom gloriously the following spring. 





HemerOCalliS— the NEW Day Lilies 

"If you are a lover of fairy tales or flowers, here is a story of how the Daylily, an old-fashioned garden Cinderella, 
long neglected and abused, has become the princess of the garden, when dressed up in a satin gown by the magic 
of the plant hybridizers. ... In fact, within the past five years the old-fashioned Daylily, made over through hybridiz- 
ing work, has become fashionable and has taken its place among the elect in our present day flower gardens. . . . 
This Daylily is known botanically as HEMEROCALLIS. The word comes from the Greek and means 'beauty for a day', 
for most Daylilies flaunt each individual large lily-like flower for just one day and then collapse. The bloom you see 
the next day is another that has opened. . . . These Daylilies are among the hardiest perennial flowers we have. They 
will grow in glaring sun or in considerable shade; along banks of streams or in dry upland soil. They flourish with 
cultivation, but keep right on when neglected. They take no special care, and they have no known insect or disease 
pest." — From an article in the Country Gentleman, March, 1934, by Harry R. O'Brien. 


A Lovely Stranger Comes to Our Gardens 


Not that this group of plants is exactly a stranger, 
but the new introductions listed herewith are so great 
an improvement on the familiar so-called "Day Lilies" 
or "Lemon Lilies" that you would scarcely recognize 
them as such. 

We have gathered together this limited li;t of the finest new 
productions from American, English and Japanese hybridists, and 
we can assure you that no flower of the summer and early autumn 
season will provide greater satisfaction where tones of yellow and 
orange are desired. They are especially desirable in the Japanese 
Iris garden, or among the lily plantings, for they lend a splash of 
color wholly lacking in either of these groups. Eesides, they are 
fine cut-flower subjects, for while the individual blossoms last for 
only a day, new ones follow so rapidly that there is a continuous 
succession of blooms. They are deliciously fragrant. 

CULTURE. Simple and easy to grow, they demand only a rea- 
sonably moist soil, fairly rich, and prefer — but do not require — 
slight shade. They are true hardy perennials. Plants will be de- 
livered in September or October. 

AMARYLLIS Each $1.00 

Tall golden orange, the large blooms shaped like an amaryllis. 
Midsummer flowering. 


Large flower of deep orange shaded with bronze. July and 
August; a very fine new one. 

APRICOT Each 50c 

An early June bloomer; light apricot orange in color, and a 
very free and easy doer. 

CINNABAR Each $1.50 

Fine delicate shade of brownish red; sepals and petals strongly 
gold-glistening. A ruddy and unusual color, with up to 18 flowers 
on a stem. 


Deep copper colored flower with pale yellow throat. Most un- 
usual in color, but lacks the size of many others in the list. Scarce. 

CRESSIDA Each 75c; 3 for $2.00 

Deep orange with blooms rather star shaped. Early flowering, 
of medium height. 

D. D. WYMAN Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

Very large flower of golden yellow, with a tawny splash across 
each petal. Midsummer. 

FLAMID Each $1.00; 3 for $2.00 

Rich orange yellow with brownish reverse. A very prolific 
bloomer, July flowering. 

GEORGE YELD Each $2.00 

The largest variety in our collection, a huge flower on 4-foot 
stems, in color a blend of buff, apricot, orange and terra-cotta. Few 

GOLDEN DREAM Each $1.50 

Richest golden orange, perfect in form. In our opinion this is 
one of the loveliest Daylilies in existence. Rather late, lasting a 
long time. 

HYPERION Each $1.00 

Canary yellow self, of great size and bold growing habit. An 
American variety which has received special awards abroad. 

J. A. CRAWFORD Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Bright yellow with apricot tints, in form similar to the perfection 
of Golden Dream, but not such a deep coloring. One of the best. 

J. R. MANN Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Distinctive flower of frosted apricot, blooming in July and Au- 
gust, 3'/2 feet tall. 

LUTEOLA Each 75c; 3 for $2.00 

A most free flowering and easy growing variety, deep orange 
yellow, blooming throughout midsummer. 

MANDARIN Each 75c; 3 for $2.00 

Clear lemon yellow, with greenish cast in the heart of each 
blossom. Very tall, wide open, recurved type of flower. 

MIKADO Each $1.50 

Bright orange with the central zone of each petal blotched 
ruddy purple-red. A striking and wholly different sort. 

MODESTY Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00 

Pale yellow self, with raised mid-ribs on reflexed petals. A 
distinct and very fine Day lily, blooming in June and July. 

MRS. A. H. AUSTIN Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Extra fine deep golden orange, one of the very largest, very 
heavy texture. Midsummer, lasting over a long period. 

MRS. W. H. WYMAN Each 75c; 3 for $2.00 

A lovely, glistening pale lemon yellow, with delicately curved 
petals. The latest of all. 

ROYAL Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Most nearly resembles the rare variety Hyperion, with extra 
heavy texture in the petals and sweet fragrance. Color is bright 
yellow, height 3 feet, early. 

THE GEM Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50 

Deep yellow apricot, one of the earliest, with splendid lily-like 
flowers in June and early July. 

THUNBERGI Each 40c; 3 for $1.00 

An evening blooming sort, of sweet fragrance; clear buttercup 
yellow. Late; 4 feet tall. 

WAU-BUN Each $3.00 

Light cadmium yellow, faintly sprinkled with traces of fulvous 
red. Glistens with a golden sheen, and the broad petals are 
slightly twisted and curved. This is one of the new and scarce 
varieties. Early. 

WOODLOT GOLD Each $1.00 

A large crinkled flower of soft golden yellow; a new one listed 
for the first time in our catalog. 3 feet tall. 


Eight for $ 3°° 



]. R. MANN 

Alternate: LUTEOLA 


Seven for ? 4?° 






Price Policy 

We have probably the largest 
planting of high class iris in 
this country, superior rhizomes 
that will even surpass your ex- 
pectations. We can and do 
produce iris at as low cost as 
possible, quality considered, 
and in order to prove this, 
where price is a consideration, 
we will meet all competitors' 
retail catalog prices under the 
following conditions: 

1. The dealer must be recog- 
nized as an actual commercial 
iris grower, advertising and 
doing business on a national 

2. We will recognize and meet 
price. All collection offers, pri- 
vate letter quotations, surplus 
lists, and prices of small neigh- 
borhood dealers can not be 

3. If you find our list price on 
any iris in this catalog to be 
higher than that quoted by 
some other dealer, simply 
mention his name alongside 
the variety on your order blank 
and pay us only the lowest 
quoted price. We will check all 
such for verification. We will 
not accept orders at less than 
20 cents per variety. 

4. For our own protection we 
must reserve the right to refuse 
to accept from anyone any or- 
der for any iris. This statement 
is made to avoid being taken 
advantage of by unscrupulous 
persons, although the offer is 
made in strict good faith. It 
must be realized, also, that late 
in the season, as is always the 
case, some items are bound to 
be sold out. 

And if you will please 

READ THIS . . . 

We shall both be spared 
any misunderstanding about 


Shipments: Will be made on bearded irises begin- 
ning about June 20th. If you wish your order sent 
later, or on any specific date, we shall carry out your 
instructions. Early shipments permit plants to become 
established before winter sets in, but rhizomes are not 
as large in July as they would be in August. We pre- 
fer to ship around July 10th as an ideal time. 


Positively no stock shipped during the spring 

Transportation: Prepaid express or parcel post, 
whichever we deem most expedient. Be sure and 
state your express office, if different from postal ad- 
dress. We pack in dry excelsior in well ventilated 
cardboard cartons and guarantee safe delivery to 
point of address. All shipments are insured. Remem- 
ber, we PREPAY all costs — the prices quoted herein 
are for delivery to your door. 


Terms: Cash with order, either check, draft or 
money order. Enclosing cash in your letter may re- 
sult in loss. 25% will hold until shipping date. 

Discount: You may select additional plants to the 
value of 10% of your order if it totals $3 or more. 

We Guarantee all bulbs and plants to be true to 
name, first size, free from disease and pests, and to 
reach you in live and healthy condition. We do not 
guarantee them to live or grow in your garden under 
conditions over which we have no control. 


Coolevs Gardens 






In Rebellion we have * 
flower of faultless form an 
habit, vivid coloring, su 
stance which sheds wat 
like a duck's back. In 
field where reds and nea 
reds are crowding eac 
other for attention it is 
ways singled out by critic